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Latest Features and Safety Tips for Compact Lifts

Compact or tracked lifts have been in use for at least 15 years in the U.S., longer in Europe, and the technology continues to evolve. For this article, we asked key contacts with the manufacturers and distributors of these lifts two questions: 1) What is one thing that is new this year, or in development, […]

Is Aerial Rescue Worth Practicing?

Is aerial rescue worth practicing? The obvious answer is, “Yes!” You are probably one of those climbers who’s practiced aerial rescue (AR) several times. You’ve practiced dumping a training dummy out of the basket of a bucket truck. You may even have competed in the AR event at a climbing competition. If so, spectacular! Practicing […]

Chase Andersen Aims to Keep Himself and His Co-Workers Safe

What makes this full-service tree care company in Boise, Idaho, thrive? In part, it’s the owner’s tireless quest to enhance safety, quality and education at his company. That owner would be Seattle transplant Ezekiel (Zeke) Willard of Idaho Tree Preservation (ITP), an 11-year TCIA member company. And that goal is shared by Chase Andersen, ITP’s […]

Crane Operations from the Crane Operator’s View

As a crane operator, I have the privilege of getting to work with the best and the worst climbers in the industry. This is neither a boast nor a complaint. It’s a simple summary of observations I’ve made during the last 24 years of my career. I tell my operators, “The longer they take, the […]

New CDL Requirements Create an Obstacle Course for Tree Care Owners

Brian Favreau is operations coordinator for Sterling, Massachusetts-based Favreau Forestry, an accredited, 12-year TCIA member company. He has been looking to hire a new driver with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for eight months. Not having one is slowing down his business. The company has three CDL drivers and about 10 trucks that require a […]

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