Tree Care

Injuries Involving Handsaws and Pole Saws: Another Us Versus Them

Handsaws and pole saws – what more basic pruning tools are there than these? Handsaws are mandatory for most tree crews. Every time their feet leave the ground, whether climbing the tree or flying the aerial lift, a tree worker must have a handsaw with them. Pole saws extend the radius of our reach. They […]

What Drives Choices for Powered Pole Saws and Pruners?

Depending on your specialty, the power pole pruner or pole saw might be one of the most used cutters on a tree care truck. “I’ve heard of some climbers who climb with (power) pole pruners and that’s all they use, because they can work in one tree and prune three trees around it,” says Jack […]

Selecting Cut-Resistant Leg Protection

This article is based on a demonstration by Travis Vickerson at the TCI Magazine Trainer’s Test Kitchen demo area during TCI EXPO ’21 in Indianapolis, Indiana, in November. Let’s take a look at cut-resistant leg protection. I’ll talk about the two different types of products available – a tech fiber versus a bulk fiber – […]

OSHA Extends Comment Deadline on Heat-Injury Ruling

On December 2, 2021, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the extension of its comment period for the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings to January 26, 2022. This 60-day extension came after a request from the […]

“Bring Me a Shrubbery …”

Shrub Pruning –Expand Your Diversity “Arboriculture: The cultivation of trees and shrubs especially for ornamental purposes.” – Merriam-Webster “Bring me a shrubbery … one that looks nice, and not too expensive!” – The Knights Who Say “Ni,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail“ If that shrubbery is to remain looking nice, it’s going to need […]

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