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Introducing a New Playground for TCI EXPO ’22

You asked for it, you got it. At TCI EXPO ’22, TCIA will debut TCI EXPOClimb, a playground for all tree care workers – especially climbers – that will be high touch, high energy and highly interactive. “It’s just what the industry has been asking for,” says Peter Gerstenberger, TCIA’s senior vice president for industry […]

Wisdom Garnered from Years of Climbing

Charly Pottorff, Jr., owner of Wildcat Tree Service, a 12-year TCIA member company based in Manhattan, Kansas, only stopped climbing at age 70. Now 80, he shares his key to that longevity – staying fit. “I could probably still climb, but my daughter took my climbing gear away from me, and she’s running the business […]

CTSP Safety Tools and Concepts Still Useful 15 Years Later

Eric Wilson, director of environmental health & safety for Monarch Landscape Companies, a five-year TCIA member company headquartered in Los Angeles, California, graduated from TCIA’s CTSP (Certified Treecare Safety Professional) program in July 2006. That makes him one of the first to obtain the credential, and he has maintained it all these 15 years. “I […]

PPE Part 2: Why We Inspect Our Gear

This is the second part of a two-part article on PPE by the author. The first, “What PPE Must an Employer Provide?” ran in the April 2022 issue of TCI. Where was I? In the April issue, we discussed the employer’s responsibilities for personal protective equipment (PPE). We continue the topic this month with an […]

Tools of the Trade

“The best investment is the tools of one’s own trade.” – Ben Franklin As a production climbing arborist and trainer, I am often presented with the question of “What tools do I need to do the job?” Unfortunately, there is no easy one-size-fits-all answer. The reality is that the answer is mainly contingent upon the […]

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