Equipment Safety & Mechanization

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Battery-Powered Compact Aerial Lifts Are Making Inroads in Tree Care

Battery-powered compact lifts likely will be an expanding and permanent fixture in tree care, though it’s too early to know to what extent and which technology may prevail. Depending on who you talk to, battery-powered compact (or tracked) lifts are either fully functional and capable of replacing gasoline and diesel models in tree care, or […]

Rope sling selection at Crane Safety Climber School 2023

Crane Training, When Does It Begin and End?

Before running a new piece of equipment, we read the operator’s manual. That’s the first step in figuring out how anything works, correct? I would say training begins day one for any job or task we choose. Some tasks may take longer and be more in depth than others. Some require continuing education or updates. […]

Compact loaders and skid steers have become common on job site

Company Owner Crushed by Skid Steer While Performing Maintenance

What happened? On October 14, 2022, a 51-year-old owner of a tree and landscape company was performing maintenance on a skid-steer loader in a garage. He was working alone and was changing the wheels over to tracks for snow removal for the winter season. The skid steer was not properly secured – it was supported […]

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Equipment and Gear Inspection

Regardless of the increase in mechanization on the production-arborist job site, many tasks still require the fundamental equipment of rope, harness, connecting link, mechanical aids and other various pieces of climbing and rigging equipment. As such, basic equipment inspection is still a prerequisite skill for arborists working in the field. As with many fundamental skills, […]

Mechanization worker in grey shirt inside cab of a crane pulling the levers.

Grapple Booms and Mechanization: Revisiting the Industrial Revolution

For most of us, middle school is a good number of years in the rear-view mirror. But if we recall our lessons from those years, no doubt a few weeks of history class focused on the Industrial Revolution. It might be argued that the tree care industry today is going through its own form of […]

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