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Lawn Doctor featured in the Wall Street Journal


Mar 11, 2013

Lawn Doctor was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal, in an article titled “Making Sure Employees Beat the Heat.” The article discusses how summertime poses a threat to small businesses with workers who spend a majority of their time outdoors. Craig and Jodi Barnes, owners of a Lawn Doctor franchise in Granbury, Texas, explained that they outfit their technicians’ vehicles with five-gallon water jugs and check that the air conditioning units are functioning properly. They also remind their staff to watch out for signs of heat exhaustion, including nausea, excessive sweating or no sweating at all. Below is a portion of the article and it can be read in its entirety by clicking here.

Making Sure Employees Beat the Heat

For the many small businesses that operate outdoors, summertime poses a regular threat to their employees' health. But there are ways owners can minimize heat-related hazards – and the potential for legal woes.

Last year, there were 138 fatalities and 592 injuries in the U.S. resulting from extreme heat, up significantly from 45 fatalities and 204 injuries in 2009, according to the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, a heat wave that blanketed the Upper Midwest and East Coast regions of the country last week is suspected of causing more than a dozen deaths around the country. Indexes rose above 120 in some areas, and record highs were reported in cities such as Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia.