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 […]

Nonfatal Incidents Involving Aerial Lifts and Ladders: Us Versus Them

So, what is happening out there for nonfatal injuries from accessing tree canopies by ladders, scissor-lifts and other mobile, aerial-lift devices? Are different incidents occurring to the homeowners versus tree workers?

Is Aerial Rescue Worth Practicing?

Is aerial rescue worth practicing? The obvious answer is, “Yes!” You are probably one of those climbers who’s practiced aerial rescue (AR) several times. You’ve practiced dumping a training dummy out of the basket of a bucket truck. You may even have competed in the AR event at a climbing competition. If so, spectacular! Practicing […]

Today’s Lesson: Wake Up and Pay Attention

“May you dance as if no one’s watching, sing as if no one’s listening and live every day as if it were your last.” – an Irish saying That is one of my favorite toasts. In my travels throughout the world of arboriculture, I’ve come to paraphrase this saying so it speaks to the heart […]

Storm cleanup amidst a storm

Storm Response Considerations

When a hurricane, ice storm, wildfire, tornado or other extreme weather event hits a region, commercial tree care companies play a major role in the emergency response. But within the industry, some tree care pros will do one storm cleanup and never come back a second time. “There’s plenty of that,” says Brad Clayman, an […]

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