Embracing the Trades

Joining the popular narrative of “embracing the trades,” I wanted to share a personal story about my daughter, Hannah, and her work in the trades. During her high school years, there was a tremendous amount of pressure for Hannah to enroll in a four-year university program, with little communication regarding skilled-trade programs. She, like so […]

Paper Tiger?

The Tree Care Industry Association held a Legislative Fly-In during the summer before COVID, and we invited a couple of officials from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to talk to our group about impending Entry-Level Driver Training requirements for would-be holders of a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Finding good employees is challenging enough. […]

Unplanned Events

Wearing one of my hats at TCIA, I get to do quite a bit of consultation with company owners and observation of crews in the field, all for safety and compliance purposes. Repeatedly, I’ve seen risk “sneak in” on job sites, with even the most experienced crews, when something about the job doesn’t go according […]

Championing Women in Tree Care

During a 2018 commencement speech at Barnard College, retired soccer player Abby Wambach spoke about that awesome moment when a goal is scored during a soccer match. But she noted that what takes place after the goal is often where the lesson lies. “What happens next on the field is what transforms a bunch of […]

Complying with OSHA’s Hearing Standard

I hope you have had your coffee, because I’m just going to be direct – does your company comply with OSHA’s Hearing Conservation Standard, 29 CFR §1910.95? Has your company conducted noise-dosimeter testing for noisy work environments? Did you find any work environments/jobs that would regularly exceed OSHA’s threshold of 85 decibels (dBA) on a […]

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