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 […]

Climbing Basics, History and Hazards

Climbing is still considered a basic skill for arborists, but it is becoming an increasingly rare one. Good climbers are always in demand. With the ability to access trees that are beyond the reach of an aerial lift, they are an asset to any tree company. The mobile, elevating work platforms available these days are […]

Tree-Worker Safety Update

Tree-worker safety has become a popular topic at tree care workshops and conferences. This is long overdue. If you look back to the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and even the ’90s, it was frequently an overlooked topic for programs. The National Arborist Association, now TCIA, addressed safety in Arbor Age magazine and later in TCI […]

PPE for the Climber

PPE, an acronym for personal protective equipment, is an abbreviation now widely recognized by the public due to COVID-19. Face masks, shields, gloves and gowns were all in short supply back in March and April, as they were understood to be essential PPE for patients and health-care professionals, for reducing exposure to and transmission of […]

Let There Be Light: Plant Health Care and the Tree-Turf Conflict

We call it plant health care, but our focus as arborists is tree health care. While our clients are interested in attractive ornamental and shade trees – after all, that is why they call us – they often are more interested in maintaining a uniformly green lawn beneath their trees. They also want turf heath […]

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