Safety Matters
The term “rigging” in tree work refers to the practice of dismantling trees using ropes, pulleys and blocks. This is one of the most common ways our tree workers take care of overgrown limbs and manage tree growth. Rigging presents special hazards, including the risk of struck-by’s and tree failure, so proper precautions should be taken to avoid...
Posted: 10/4/2019 9:01:54 AM by Townsend Corporation

When we talk about tree worker safety, most people think about staying safe around chippers or how to avoid falling when ascending a tree. However, keeping your hearing safe while doing tree work is equally important. Hearing loss from tree work is entirely preventable using the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Every time you expose yourself to loud noises...
Posted: 9/18/2019 11:05:41 AM by Townsend Corporation

A big part of staying safe while doing tree work is using the proper climbing techniques. Remember these climbing tips to avoid injuries next time you’re on the job.Before any tree work begins, a visual hazard assessment should be conducted. This includes an inspection of the tree’s root collar inspection for signs of decay. Having a second tree worker...
Posted: 8/27/2019 2:16:51 PM by Townsend Corporation

Fires can start in a variety of ways while on the job, so it’s important to know what risks are present and how to use a fire extinguisher if the need arises. The consequences of a fire on the job include injury, brush fires and more.How to Prevent FiresWhen on the job, all smoking is prohibited when handling or working around flammable liquids. All flammable...
Posted: 8/22/2019 1:55:41 PM by Townsend Corporation

When performing tree work, there are a variety of hidden dangers to be aware of on the job including poisonous plants and biting and stinging insects or animals. Identification of nature’s hazards are important, but there are steps you can take to stay safe against these threats.Poisonous PlantsComing into contact with poisonous plants and their oils can cause...
Posted: 7/29/2019 1:19:36 PM by Townsend Corporation

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

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