How Does Tree Care Compare to All-industry Safety?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 5,190 people – more than 14 per day – died while doing their jobs.

In 2017 alone, TCIA learned of 129 tree care-related occupational incidents, 72 of which were fatal. These numbers only include those incidents on which the media accounted that TCIA was made aware of.

We don’t have to tell you that tree care is an exciting, but potentially dangerous, industry. You live it every day. We also don’t have to tell you that tree care is safe if you know what you’re doing. The industry is heading into a busy summer season… are you ready?

Safety is more than just wearing the right gear – it’s a mindset. It’s a commitment to yourself to constantly be aware of changing conditions and the activities going on around you. It’s a commitment to your team to communicate when you see unsafe practices. It’s a commitment to your employer and the industry as a whole to be an example of safety and professionalism.

TCIA is committed to providing the training you need to make your job safer you by offering a wide range of training programs for you to explore. After all, in this industry, safety is everyone’s responsibility, regardless of age or job title.

TCIA would like to recognize the tree care professionals who have gone the extra mile with their safety training this year. Since the start of 2018, 289 graduates have completed TCIA’s Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) program (an increase of 33% over this same period in 2017!). These professionals join a total group of 2113 CTSPs across primarily the U.S. Canada who are diligently working toward building a better safety culture 365 days per year.

TCIA wants you and your team to head home safely after work each day. Click here for more information about CTSP, or contact Peter Gerstenberger (Sr. Advisor for Safety, Standards & Compliance) or Irina Kochurov (Credentialing Administrator).