Injuries Involving Handsaws and Pole Saws: Another Us Versus Them

Handsaws and pole saws – what more basic pruning tools are there than these? Handsaws are mandatory for most tree crews. Every time their feet leave the ground, whether climbing the tree or flying the aerial lift, a tree worker must have a handsaw with them. Pole saws extend the radius of our reach. They […]

An Analysis of Wood-Chipper Nonfatal Injuries: Us Versus Them

Chippers are on the short list of equipment that is essential for many arboricultural operations. These machines can convert entire trees into compact volumes that are easily transported. The shredded material also becomes a valuable commodity with far more uses – biofuels and mulch, to name two – than the traditional firewood market for brush. […]

Chain-Saw Injuries: Us Versus Them

Chain saws are among the most basic tools for tree workers. While we once performed pruning and felling with one- and two-person crosscut saws, no one would want to return to those days. The chain saw is also the power tool we most share in common with homeowners. Most people do not own an aerial […]

Pros and Cons of Virtual Training Spurred by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a personal tragedy for many of us, with the loss of family and friends. It also has been a financial disaster for many sectors of the economy, with massive layoffs, particularly in the transportation, entertainment and hospitality industries. This has been a devastating year for many businesses and their employees. […]

Responding to Incidents

A positive trend in the tree care industry is the awareness that we can be a key link in the chain of survival for trauma incidents, especially the aerial ones. But those responding to and assisting with such incidents can often end up with wounds of their own. There are increasing efforts on the part […]

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