These awards, part of PLANET’s annual Safety Recognition Awards Program and sponsored by CNA, honors those companies with thorough, high-performing safety programs that create and maintain safe work environments in the green industry. It is designed to reward green industry companies that consistently demonstrate their commitment to safety.
Potomac Garden Center was evaluated on number of accidents, number of days that employees were away from work, and number of employee injuries and illnesses. In addition, a checklist was used to rate the company’s complete safety program. Potomac Garden Center is proud to be recognized for the following awards:
- No Vehicle Accidents
- No Injuries or Illnesses
- No Days Away From Work
- Overall Safety Achievement Award – Gold Performance.
Matt Owens, Vice President of Landscape Operations:
“Safety is always our top priority here at Potomac Garden Center, as we frequently perform our services in areas where children and adults work and play. Ensuring that our workforce is safe, properly trained and certified gives our clients the comfort that we’re not just there to beautify their landscapes, we’re looking at the bigger picture. Our outlook is quite simple- we want every employee to return home in the same condition they arrived at work. Being part of PLANET’s Safety Program has enabled us to formalize the strong culture of safety we have achieved with our employees over the years and will provide fresh ideas for us to continue this success well into the future.”
Potomac Garden Center has been in business for over 45 years, opening in 1967 in Potomac, MD. The garden center moved to its present Darnestown location in 1984. It is a family-owned business, with David Angell leading the company today after joining his mother and father in the business in 1992. PGC oversees both small and large scale communities in Montgomery County, providing maintenance services as well as enhancements, which can include anything from tree pruning and removal to designing and implementing complex garden spaces. PGC employees can be found most days traveling to our communities in the area, operating mowers, trimmers, wood chippers and chain saws safely due to the stringent safety training and policies which all the employees take to heart.
PLANET is the association of members who create and maintain the QUALITY OF LIFE in communities across America. With nearly 3,800 member companies and affiliates, these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. Some of these professionals have taken the extra step of becoming certified through PLANET and bear the distinction of being known as “Landscape Industry Certified.”
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