Safety a priority for Na Ka Oi Landscaping Services
HANAPEPE — One of the island’s largest landscaping companies is planning to make safety a higher priority.
No Ka Oi Landscape Services is a participant in the National Association of Landscape Professionals Safe Company Program.
The initiative is to assist landscape and lawn care companies in their efforts to provide a safe work environment.
Participants sign the Safe Company Pledge that commits them to maintaining an active safety program within their company.
Companies take an active role through safety training and investigation and documentation of job-related injuries.
They also pledge to participate in the NALP Safety Recognition Awards Program, and are asked to comply with all OSHA postings and other regulatory requirements.
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TGI, Associated Press