Tree-Worker Safety Update

Tree-worker safety has become a popular topic at tree care workshops and conferences. This is long overdue. If you look back to the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and even the ’90s, it was frequently an overlooked topic for programs. The National Arborist Association, now TCIA, addressed safety in Arbor Age magazine and later in TCI […]

Accident Briefs – September 2020

All items taken from published reports or reported directly to TCIA staff, as noted. Two shocked trimming trees from lift Two tree workers in an aerial lift were shocked when they apparently made contact with a power line while trimming trees July 3, 2020, in North Richland Hills, Texas. Both victims were taken to a […]

Accident Briefs – August 2020

All items taken from published reports or reported directly to TCIA staff, as noted. Tree worker electrocuted A tree worker died June 1, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona, after coming into contact with a power line. Crisostomo Hernandez-Aguilar, 28, was working on a backyard palm at a residence. First responders found Hernandez-Aguilar on fire and still […]

Climbing Rope Selection – It’s Your Life on the Line

Criteria for selecting climbing rope is similar to that of rigging rope (“Ins & Outs, Ups & Downs of Rigging Rope,” TCI Magazine, July 2020) in that it all boils down to application and use. “When I started climbing, rope selection was easy. There was one choice; it was a multi-plait rope that was one […]

Climbing Gear: A Growing Risk to Tree Companies

Tree-climbing gear used to be so simple – a leather-and-webbing harness with buckles and heavy steel D-rings, a wire-core flip line and spikes. Maybe even a climbing rope. The good old days, indeed. Today, it seems like a new climbing contraption shows up each week. Everything feels expensive. We have specialty tools that range from […]

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