Safety

CTSP Opens a Career Path for Carlos Ramirez

Someone yells, “Cut!” It’s mid-October, and we’re talking remotely with Carlos Ramirez, who is on site in the Tahoe National Forest in Northern California, east of Sacramento, where he is overseeing field-site safety for P31 Enterprises, Inc. “That’s the three-way-communication safety protocol,” he explains, making sure there’s a reply when arborists make the back cut, […]

Correcting a Misrepresentation in the Tree Worker

In the last issue – literally, since TCIA’s monthly safety newsletter is no longer being published – of the Tree Worker (July/August 2020), the page-12 article, “Rope and Pulley … a Dynamic Duo,” definitely caught my attention. With all due respect to the great staff at TCIA responsible for so many years of solid information, […]

Climbing Basics, History and Hazards

Climbing is still considered a basic skill for arborists, but it is becoming an increasingly rare one. Good climbers are always in demand. With the ability to access trees that are beyond the reach of an aerial lift, they are an asset to any tree company. The mobile, elevating work platforms available these days are […]

Accident Briefs – August 2020

All items taken from published reports or reported directly to TCIA staff, as noted. Operator killed when lift tips over An aerial-lift operator was killed while tree trimming August 1, 2020, in Stockton, California, when the truck he was working in tipped over. The 52-year-old man was in the boom’s bucket cutting a tree. As […]

Safe Job-Site Setup

It has been said that preparation is the key to success. As it relates to safety in tree work, this statement could not be truer. When we think of being prepared, we think of proper training or certifications, proper equipment and tools, personal protective equipment (PPE), knowing job specifics, etc. Once all the above criteria […]

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