Safety Matters
Proper chainsaw use can be the difference between life and death when performing tree work. The process of trimming or limbing a standing tree or limbing and bucking a felled tree usually requires the use of a chainsaw to get the job done efficiently. Workers need to have a thorough knowledge and proper training before being allowed to use a chainsaw. Continue reading...
Posted: 5/9/2019 2:12:11 PM by Townsend Corporation

Electrical hazards are by far the most dangerous aspect associated with tree work, and lead to the largest number of injuries. The human body is an effective conductor of electricity and poses little resistance when shocked, so the rules regarding these hazards need to be carefully followed. Continue reading to learn ways to stay safe around electrical hazards. #1: All...
Posted: 4/16/2019 11:52:53 AM by Townsend Corporation

When conducting tree work, it’s important for workers to understand the associated risks that come with climbing trees and how to prevent incidents. Some of the major threats that come with tree climbing include electricity, tree decay, stinging insects or animals, and faulty equipment. Be sure your pre-climbing inspection crew evaluates these areas of concern...
Posted: 4/3/2019 4:12:26 PM by Townsend Corporation

At Townsend we realize that when it comes to safety, there are no shortcuts. That’s why we start each project with a thorough job briefing. Job briefings ensure that the team knows of any potential hazards, what duties they are responsible for and ensures all safety information has been discussed. No job is the same, but every safety briefing should utilize a...
Posted: 2/26/2019 3:00:28 PM by Townsend Corporation

Properly setting up your crew’s job site promotes safety and reduces some of the common risk associated with tree work, making job site set up one of the most important tasks of the day. Upon arrival, workers should carefully assess the area and create a work plan to set the job up properly. Keep these 6 best practices in mind when getting your job site set up for...
Posted: 1/14/2019 4:30:26 PM by Townsend Corporation

Public safety is everyone’s business, especially when it comes to tree work. The most important thing to keep in mind when you’re on the job is the safety of yourself and the community. Some major risks associated with public work sites can include pedestrians entering the work zone, vehicles colliding inside of a work zone and/or workers being struck by...
Posted: 12/17/2018 4:04:44 PM by Townsend Corporation

If not careful, brush removal and chipping can lead to some of the most horrendous accidents in the tree trimming space. The good news is that these types of injuries are usually preventable when operators are careful. Avoiding injury by working smart is paramount when dealing with brush chippers, so proper procedures should always be followed.How can you prevent brush...
Posted: 12/13/2018 10:02:15 AM by Townsend Corporation

Struck-bys are one of the leading causes of death in the tree-trimming industry. Most commonly, this is a threat when ground workers are hit by falling limbs, branches or tools.  Keeping yourself protected is the most important part of the job and being hyper-aware of your surroundings can help combat injuries.At all times, you must assume that something could fall...
Posted: 11/26/2018 12:25:14 PM by Townsend Corporation

When it comes to safety and using power equipment around utility lines, we don't just reinforce this message over and over and over with our own associates. We also make sure our partners and their crew members are aware of best safety practices as well. So we offer safety training and presentations to utilities, highway departments, arborists, and anyone who has to...
Posted: 8/29/2018 1:00:00 PM by Townsend Corporation

Driving a truck is a lot different from driving a car. Your truck is bigger and heavier, which means it's slower off the start and it takes longer to slow down or stop. It maneuvers like a cow, so you can't make the quick, sharp motions you could in a car. That means you have to respond to potential accidents a lot differently from the way you might when you'...
Posted: 8/22/2018 1:00:00 PM by Townsend Corporation

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