Safety Matters
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

Winter is not the only time you can slip or fall while you're working. You can slip on wet leaves, wet grass, or even a ladder or truck step. And that's just slipping. You can trip, take a misstep, or even have an unstable surface move under you, and you can take a terrible fall. Approximately 1,200 workers in the United States die each year as a result of a...
Posted: 8/15/2018 1:00:00 PM by Townsend Corporation

Townsend operates one of the largest fleets of vehicles in the utility industry. Our equipment operators are driving vehicles that can be 10 tons and larger, so they're responsible for ensuring their trucks follow all the laws and regulations that come with driving vehicles of that size. Recently, we got word that one of our trucks in the Midwest passed a complete...
Posted: 7/27/2018 1:00:00 PM by Townsend Corporation

While we hope it never happens, there may be a time where you have to help an injured coworker and provide first aid for any kind of blood-producing wound. So it's important to know about bloodborne pathogens (BBPs) and how to reduce the risks of contamination. Bloodborne pathogens are diseases transmitted through contact with human blood or other bodily fluids...
Posted: 7/26/2018 1:00:00 PM by Townsend Corporation

Let's be honest, being a tree trimmer can be dangerous. We use power equipment to cut through wood quickly. We work in all kinds of extreme weather, both hot and cold. And we work around power lines, both intact and downed. There are so many factors and moving parts when it comes to dealing with electrical safety in the first place, it's even more complicated...
Posted: 7/20/2018 1:00:00 PM by Townsend Corporation

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