Safe Business Practices

Workplace Health & Safety

At Davey, our success lies in the safety of our employees, our clients and overall public welfare. A culture of safety and accident prevention permeate every action, ensuring our employees return home safely each night. Our best-practice standards and policies in safety and incident prevention drive value for our brand—enhancing customer relationships and attracting top talent.

Management Approach

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As one of our organizational values, safety lies at the heart of our company. From our CEO to each employee, we continue to drive our safety performance at every level of the company. Our safety strategy focuses on three core elements:

  1. Communication
  2. Collaboration
  3. Consistency

Beginning with our onboarding process for new field employees, which includes career development training, Davey employs initiatives to build and maintain a culture of safety among our teams. Our training typically consists of one-on-one, interpersonal exchanges of information which include integrating safety into every field task and providing crew members hands-on experience with performing trade skills safely.

In 2018 we started embedding skills trainers with field operations to provide training on techniques and tools to our offices as they are producing work. These regional skills trainers will help perpetuate our safety culture.

We view safety and skills training as a continuous development tool through both in-person and distance learning activities. Each year, 100 percent of our field employees receive safety education, and supervisors may assign additional safety courses to crew members, as needed.

Davey sponsors additional training through partnerships with Kent State University and the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), such as the Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) and Electric Hazard Awareness Program (EHAP).



The Davey Road to Zero safety initiative encourages employees to proactively correct unsafe conditions. Our Safety Honor Road recognizes Davey Tree employees who have been free of a recordable incident for one year or more. Results of this focus on safety are clear: the percentage of regions without a recordable incident increased five percent in 2017.

The Road to Zero journey is never over, and we work continuously to improve our safety management and performance. In 2017, we implemented our Electronic Close Call Communicator and released our Factors and Forces curriculum. We also updated our safety and training manual, to be released in early 2018, in tandem with the industry standards’ updates.

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