Advanced Certifications

The Townsend Corporation is proud to announce that all of our Forestry Safety Managers have earned the designation of Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP). Most recently Dan Mekkes completed the CTSP program offered by the Tree Care Industry Association.  The program allows one or more key employees at a given company to become certified tree care safety experts, thereby empowering and encouraging a culture of safety within that organization and across the industry as a whole. 

Maintaining a Certified Treecare Safety Professional on staff means that Townsend is committed to the highest level safe practices in arboricultural operations. Townsend Corporation employees five Safety Managers directly involved utility vegetation management, and all five of them have earned their CTSP designation. These personnel include Mekkes mentioned above, as well as Vice President of Safety & Training, Mark Kimbrough, CTSP; Sr. Training Manager, Dave Hineline, CTSP; and Safety Manager, Al Mayes, CTSP.

CTSP’s are kept abreast of the latest technological advances and regulatory activities affecting the industry through the TCIA safety network, and must commit to ongoing education in the safety field in order to maintain their certification.  Because safety regulations and industry standards are continually evolving, the ongoing education requirement is vital to maintaining a legitimate safety program within a given company.

The purpose of the CTSP program is to reduce work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses overall, and completion of the program demonstrates a true commitment to improving the safety and well-being of tree care workers across the industry.  Clients can rest assured that retaining the services of a tree care company with a CTSP on staff ensures a safe, professional jobsite operated by highly skilled experts in the arboriculture field.

For more on Townsend’s extensive safety training, please contact us at info@thetownsendcorp.com.

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