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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Crew Resource Management Is a Team Approach to Success

I remember a comment my instructor made during flight school for ultralights: “Are you ahead of the aircraft or behind it?” Obviously, the key is to be ahead of the aircraft, where you are in control and anticipating what will happen next. Once the situation turns around and you are behind the plane and reacting, […]

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