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 […]

Addressing Incidents – Part 3: Falls, Slips or Trips

The previous two articles in this series covered tree-worker incidents within the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ event category, “Contact with an Object,” involving either struck-by or caught-in events. These are two of the four horsemen of the arboricultural apocalypse, if you’ll pardon the Biblical reference. This article will cover the event category “Falls, Slips […]

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Hazards With Objects Going Into Chippers

Chippers are essential machinery for many arboricultural operations. True, arborists can haul the brush to a landfill and pay a tipping fee, but that gets expensive. It also can require a lot of trips to the landfill, as brush piles are about equal parts air and brush. Some of the older arborists may remember the […]

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