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Your Toughest Climb Might Be Into the Driver’s Seat

A tree worker’s guide to arriving safely to the job (while driving) We work in an industry where there are many safety factors in play – from working around faulty trees to working around power lines that could end your life at a moment’s notice. Yet, in the domain of climbing and working in trees, […]

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Insights Into Accidents in Tree Care

While it requires making some assumptions, recent fatality data indicates the rate of on-the-job deaths in the tree care industry may be as much as 11 times those of other industries. There were 5,486 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2022, a 5.7% increase from 5,190 in 2021, the U.S. Bureau of […]

Figure 1. A sample risk-assessment matrix. Courtesy of the author

Improving Safety Culture in the Tree Care Industry

The tree care industry faces many challenges regarding safety. From working at heights to working around power lines, and from using heavy machinery and chain saws to driving, tree care workers are involved daily in many high-risk activities. Injuries from these activities have the potential to be serious or even fatal. This is why many […]

People with low skills and knowledge of a task often overestimate their ability to accomplish it. TCIA graphic.

The Dunning-Kruger Effect and Educating Clients

Everyone providing pruning or removal quotes has come across this situation. You pull up to the next appointment at a house in a well-wooded neighborhood. The homeowner greets you with slight disdain as you meet at the door. You walk together through the house and exit through the sliding door into the backyard, which is […]

The hierarchy of controls is a risk-management tool

PPE – Overkill, or Not Enough?

Everyone has become familiar with the term PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) over the past few years. Primarily, that comes from the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020. So many news stations were telling us to mask up if we value life, while others said it’s a foolish effort to protect against disease. Regardless of what each of […]

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