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Adapt safety to growth

October 14, 2019 -  By

Company growth and expansion means systems and processes need to accommodate growth. The safety training at Signature Coast Holdings (SCH) is getting a refresh. The company formed from a merger about two years ago with Signature Landscapes, based in Reno, Nev., and Coast Landscape Management, based in Napa, Calif.

With nearly 600 employees under the SCH companies, safety is a top priority.

Every year, the companies host a safety day where employees have a day of training on safety topics, says Tim Scott. He is a principal in SCH and one of the division managers of the installation division for Signature Landscapes.

The safety day is split between the maintenance and installation divisions and broken out into increments for different training lessons.

The time commitment for traveling between the company’s eight locations for safety meetings became challenging. Fairlight Beard, VP of sales and operations for Coast Landscape Management, says the safety committee’s goal is to have consistency in the safety training.

“It’s an opportunity to ensure that the employees still get really strong hands-on instruction,” Beard says. “But we’re trying to minimize the logistics and travel.”

The six California locations are going to adopt the safety day trainings that Nevada has in place, but it will be separated out by branch.

“Our goal is to roll this out and have consistent safety days in both states by 2020,” Scott says.

According to Beard, the company’s safety training is in transition right now.

“We are constantly trying to improve and make sure that our crews are safe,” Beard says. “Safety is about making sure that our crews get home to their families.”

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Danielle Pesta

About the Author:

Danielle Pesta is a digital editor at Landscape Management's parent company, North Coast Media. She started writing for the green industry in 2014 and has won multiple awards from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA). She can be reached at

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