What PPE Must an Employer Provide?

We hear it all the time – OSHA doesn’t know anything about tree care. It’s a myth throughout our industry that we work in a “no-rules” environment. In that situation, PPE is optional, right? Wrong. There is no gray area on personal protective equipment (PPE). It needs to be utilized all the time, every time. […]

New Risks in Workers’- Compensation Insurance

Just as many employers are getting workers’-compensation premiums and related costs under control, the COVID pandemic is introducing new hazards to the regulatory terrain. While claims are increasing for mental distress and pandemic-related accidents, state regulatory agencies are expanding coverage to a presumption of the workplace origination of infections, medical marijuana use and other novel […]

Gloves: The Overlooked PPE

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is what you need when everything else has gone wrong. You don’t need a helmet until your head has been impacted by an outside force, usually a branch stub. You don’t need cut-resistant leg protection until the saw kicks back into your leg. We wear PPE to keep the consequences […]

ANSI-Approved Safety Glasses Protect a Valuable Asset

Bruce Berard, vice president and chief operating officer for Stanley Tree Service, Inc., a dual-accredited, 32-year TCIA member company in Smithfield, Rhode Island, has had a unique experience with eye injuries. Berard’s brother, Bryan, is a former National Hockey League first-overall draft pick and NHL Rookie of the Year who lost vision in one eye […]

Minnesota Arborist Rescue Training for First Responders

In May and October of 2021, Levy Tree Care, LLC, an 11-year TCIA member company based in Duluth, Minnesota, and Trees & Me, a first-year TCIA member company based in Saint Paul, Minn., organized two aerial-rescue training sessions for local first responders, one each in Bloomington and Duluth, Minn. This article is intended to show […]

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