CTSP Takeaway: Engage Your Audience

As a 33-year green-industry veteran, Doug Pistawka is a good example of how there is always something new to learn in the training of tree care workers. After Pistawka earned TCIA’s CTSP (Certified Treecare Safety Professional) credential in March 2018, he brought new insights back to his company, Eversource Energy, a utility company headquartered in […]

Accident Briefs – June 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 […]

What Is in Your First-Aid Kit?

We are not talking about the first-aid kit you carry in your truck to the job site. We are talking about the first-aid kit you carry aloft. Some safety standards in other countries recommend that climbers carry a first-aid kit with them. The Z133 Safety Requirements for Arboricultural Operations (2017) does not address this, but […]

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