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Arborwood Tree Service Inc. provides comprehensive safety and skills training to staff.

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Arborwood Tree Service Inc. is investing in comprehensive safety and skills training for their staff in 2015 and 2016 by hosting three weeks of training that will cover the topics of:

– Tree Dynamics & Integrated Risk Assessment

– Tree Biology & Care

– Hazard and Danger Tree Cutting & Falling

– Tree Climbing, Fall Protection & Work Positioning

– Tree Rope Access

– Emergency Readiness & High Angle Rescue

– Aerial Lift Operations & Fall Protection

– Aerial Lift Emergency Evacuation & Extrication

– Production Tree Removal & Rigging

– Arborist Technical Rigging

The training started with one week in May and will continue with weeks in November of this year and in April of 2016.  The program is being partially funded by the Canada – Ontario Job Grant Program.

Arboriculture Canada customizes training programs to specifically meet the job requirements and unique training needs of your staff.  Our training programs are facilitated by experts in both adult education methods, as well as experts in the skills areas of arboriculture being taught.  If you are interested in receiving funds for training your staff internally in arboriculture skills and safety from the Canada Job Grant programs available in every province of Canada, please inquire with Arboriculture Canada to receive the information for applications.

Arborwood Tree Service is dedicated to providing superior customer service. Their great reputation is built on professionalism and customer satisfaction.  This training will ensure that staff meets this expectation.  www.arborwood.ca 

 

Tips for Aerial Lift Self Rescue

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Author:  Dwayne Neustaeter, President – Arboriculture Canada Training & Education Ltd.

Aerial lifts increase the safety and productivity of working aloft.  However, aerial lifts can put an inexperienced operator into an environment that could test their knowledge and/or competence level beyond their capacity.  Do your operators know what to do if they are stranded in an aerial lift that quits working while they are fifty feet in the air?

Consider the following five points to improve the safe use of aerial lift units in your organization.

  1.  Develop and document current policies and procedures for aerial lift hydraulic malfunction.  Due to vague corporate regulations governing some aspects of working aloft, organizations often develop work practices and even safety guidelines based on the way we did it in the past.  Statistics show that this is flirting with disaster. 
  2. Ensure that aerial lift units are inspected and maintained regularly.  Routine inspection and maintenance goes a long way toward keeping equipment running properly.  Often avoidable equipment malfunction is the reason for operators finding themselves stranded or stuck while working aloft.  In many cases, the cause of stranded aerial lift operators is due to the equipment running out of gas. The regular practice of routine maintenance is why getting stranded in an aerial lift is relatively uneventful. 
  3. Make sure your aerial lift unit has an electric hydraulic override that is functional.  Regularly check to make sure the electric overrides are working.  Also, ensure that all operators know how to use the override.  Most new and modern aerial lifts manufactured today come with an electric hydraulic override, which solves the biggest cause of hydraulic failure.
  4. Be prepared by outfitting your aerial lift with a ‘self rescue kit’ or ‘evacuation kit’.  Many professional operators believe these kits are as important to emergency preparedness as a well-stocked first aid kit.  Self-rescue is an area of emergency response that is in a lower risk category compared to other aspects of emergency response.  It is easy for any aerial lift operator to imagine being stuck in an aerial lift and this thought of being alone and having no control of descent instills a small element of fear.  The good news is that there are very simple solutions to this problem.  Training, education and the equipment or kits necessary to make self-rescue a part of your company’s safety culture are available through many manufacturers and organizations.  Buckingham’s self-rescue kit and lowering device is one of the best due to its easy and safe operation.  This kit is available through any Buckingham dealer, such as Vermeer or Sherrill. 
  5. Provide quality training in the operation of your aerial lift units and the rescue of operators.  Safe, productive aerial lift operations require the operators to have a thorough knowledge of its operational capabilities, limitations, restrictions and safety features.  In addition, operators should seek guidance when installing and setting up a self-rescue protocol.   Aerial lift units are different from each other and often the control tower and anchor point locations are set up a differently from each other.  It is important to be able to think and adjust to surroundings and circumstances.  Workers that have been educated, trained and qualified in skills required to deal with the specifics of their job are safer and more productive.  A training company or organization that provides training for your operators can streamline the process and provide you with documentation that easily integrates into your safety policy and procedures manual and due diligence compliance documentation.

Emergency preparedness on the job means being prepared to deal with emergencies to the best of everyone’s ability.  Training, preparation and planning are all necessary in order to be ready to handle a self-rescue scenario from an aerial lift unit. 

Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Author:  Dwayne Neustaeter , President – Arboriculture Canada Training & Education Ltd.    This article was printed in the Transmission and Distribution World Magazine – January, 2010.