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In last month's issue, we included information on 2,4-D + fluroxypyr + dicamba (Escalade2, by Nufarm) in our “Chemical Update: Turfgrass Herbicides.” However, the tables we published did not indicate the correct broadleaf weeds controlled by the product. Escalade2 (2,4-D + fluroxypyr + dicamba) controls all broadleaf weeds except: dodder, dollarweed, fawnweed, frenchweed, ground cherry, groundsel, kudzu, ladysthumb, nightshades, pineappleweed, violet, wild poinsettia and yellow woodsorrel.

H-2B WORKERS ROBBED RETURNING HOME

Two migrant workers were robbed at gunpoint and shot while traveling home to Mexico through Atlanta, Ga. One of the men was shot eight times and the other three times. Both men were legal, work-authorized aliens in this country holding H-2B visas, employed by the Landscape Management Company owned by Charles “Chip” Morris.

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“Because both men are members of the Federation of Employers and Workers of America (FEWA), association staff attorney Dean Ngo will prepare all the necessary forms to extend the two men's stay in the United States while they are recovering from their attack,” said FEWA president Scott Evans.

In addition, the FEWA Worker Relief Fund has already agreed to cover the cost of the filing fees for their request to extend their stay. “̷ this story is a clear signal that migrant workers are being targeted because they are known to travel with substantial sums of money they have saved after months of employment. Under the circumstances, FEWA encourages not only our members but all migrant workers to invest in traveler's checks or wire their money home before returning,” Evans added.

PGMS LAUNCHES GROUNDS MANAGEMENT SEMINARS

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) will launch a series of regional Grounds Management Seminars and Site Visitations programs March 9-10 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

“We are really excited about introducing our new Grounds Management Seminars and Site Visitations,” said PGMS president Ellen Newell, CGM, assistant grounds manager at ASU. “The programs are designed to fill a real need for the grounds manager. The goal is to have attendees come and really learn, think and leave with solid management and leadership ideas that they can then implement at their own facilities.”

Featuring classes on customer service, motivating staff, time management and benchmarking and managing a diverse work force, the leadership seminars are designed to provide grounds managers with the hard-to-find opportunity to gain knowledge, ask questions and network with others about challenges and issues specific to their profession.

The ASU regional seminar and site visitation will be the first of two scheduled by PGMS in 2006. Another will be offered later this year at the University of Delaware. For more information, including registration materials, visit PGMS online at www.pgms.org/2006regionalseminar.htm.

GREEN INDUSTRY COMPANIES TAKE WORKPLACE SAFETY TO NEXT LEVEL

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) announces the addition of five landscape, lawn care and supplier companies to the roster of STARS Safe Company Program participants. The newly revised STARS program is a free safety initiative developed by PLANET to assist green industry companies in their efforts to lower their total costs of risk by reducing hazards and injuries.

STARS members commit to developing a strong safety program by using the PLANET/STARS Safety Program for Green Industry Companies on CD as a guideline, taking an active role in promoting safety throughout their companies, and investigating and documenting every job-related injury/incident or accident.

The most recent STARS Safe Company Program participants are: Dowco Enterprises, Inc., Chesterfield, Mo.; Nature View Landscape, Inc., Mahwah, N.J.; R.M. Landscape, Inc., Hilton, N.Y.; Territorial Landscape Co., Inc., Albuquerque, N.M.; and Wolfendale, Inc., Glenshaw, Pa.

TCIA LAUNCHES SAFETY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

The Tree Care Industry Association recently announced the launch of the industry's first safety certification program — The Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP).

When TCIA announced its intent to transform the industry over a decade, it committed to five outcomes that include: “Safety will have measurably improved. Accident rates will have lowered.” Part of the transformation of the industry was the launch of an accreditation program to assist companies to implement best business practices and to give consumers a way to identify qualified tree care companies.

Providing direction on the use of tools, training safety leaders in every company, developing a coaching style within the employee team and establishing a culture of safety can lower companies' experiences of accidents. This requires management's commitment and buy-in to the investment in a safety culture.

The CTSP program's concept will be officially presented at the TCIA Winter Management Conference in February. A full program of assessment, workshops and examinations will be phased into place throughout 2006.

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