Risk Management

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How Important Is Documented, Up-to-Date Training?

If a safe workforce was a three-legged stool, one of those legs would have to be competency development. The other two legs are a right-minded workforce and safe tools and equipment. In this article, we’ll focus on competency development. Competency development Some people might call this first leg “training,” but since the desired outcome of […]

A-Plus Tree Service

Having a Plan, Not Just Winging It

Brandon Bogus, owner of A-Plus Tree Service, an eight-year TCIA member company based in Fremont, Nebraska, earned TCIA’s Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) credential a few years ago. As a result, “I am more competent and confident when training my employees,” he says. “It’s a matter of being more prepared, instead of just winging it, […]

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You Can’t Just Rest on Your Laurels

“You can’t just rest on your laurels. You have to be constantly vigilant,” says Ezekiel T. Willard, owner of Idaho Tree Preservation (ITP), a 12-year TCIA member company based in Boise, Idaho. As such, he has constantly pursued more education and certifications on his mission to help improve tree care industry safety through credentialing. That […]

Tree-Work Safety by the Numbers

Mathematics is not a field that sparks much interest among tree workers – or people in general. But the field of probability plays a role in just about everything tree workers do. If you knew that the odds of being severely injured performing a specific task were one in five, you might approach it with […]

ANSI Z133 Update: Electrical Hazards Proposed Guidance for Arborist

In this article, we will look at pending revisions to the ANSI Z133 Standard for Arboricultural Operations – Safety Requirements (ANSI Z133-2017), Section 4 – Electrical Hazards. I had the pleasure of speaking at TCI EXPO ’21 in Indianapolis, Indiana, about the work being done at the time on Section 4 – Electrical Hazards for […]

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