Worker safety and professionalism are a primary focus of TCIA. From our Eletrical Hazard Awareness Program (EHAP) workshops to our Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) program, we provide tree workers and business owners with the training they need to promote a culture of safety on the job site. We also aim to inform our membership about the latest technology that can be used to decrease accidents and fatalities in the tree care industry.
Though we often campaign for the importance of safety during June (known as National Safety Month) staying staff in the workplace is important year-round! Here you'll find a list of resources that you and your team can use for education and training in important safety issues, no matter the time of year.
Check out the TCIA tools and tips below to learn how to stay safe on the job:
TOOLS AND TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE
- Are you a TCIA member? Visit the Safety Resources section of TCIA.org for free downloadable materials, like a PPE Fact Sheet or Lyme Disease Quick Card.
- Learn more about our Certified Treecare Safety Professional program, the only safety credentialing program in the tree care industry.
- TCI Magazine compiles a list of Accident Briefs each month. We suggest that you take time to review these incidents and remind your employees of how critical safety is in the tree care industry. Learn more here.
- Never miss important safety news. Subscribe to TCIA’s Safety News feed!
- Driving and texting is a dangerous trend. And TCIA wants our members to be aware of this danger. Click here for a variety of resources designed by AT&T that can be used to educate your employees on the dangers of texting and driving.
- The Occupational Health Branch’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program tracks and investigates workplace fatalities. Their new prevention strategy, “Telling Stories, Savings Lives,” uses video storytelling to share the tragic stories that carry life-saving lessons. Learn more here.
Here are some safety tips submitted by TCIA members in the past:
“Always carry your cell phone on your person. Was doing a tree risk assessment and left my phone in the truck so I would not be bothered by constant calls. As I walked to the back of the condo complex, I slipped on an ivy slope breaking my leg and dislocating my ankle. As I lay in the ditch without my phone, I called for help for 20 minutes. With no one coming, I crawled to the road where a worker saw me. He got my phone from my truck, I called 911 and now I’m recovering. Lesson learned. Will always have my phone on me.”
- Robert Brettschneider, CTSP from member company Boutte Tree, Inc.
“Not mine, but a great truth: Safety is not something you can take for granted. It is not an activity in which one participates only when being watched or supervised. Safety is not posters, slogans or rules, nor is it movies, investigations or inspection. Safety is an Attitude, a frame of mind. It is the awareness of one’s environment and actions, all day, every day. Safety is knowing what is going on around you, knowing what can injure anyone anything, at anytime, [and] knowing how to prevent that injury and then acting to prevent it. To do this does not require a PhD or even a title or rank. All it requires is a little intelligence and a reasonable amount of common sense and awareness (To see, to hear, to smell, to think and take action). To ignore safe practices does not indicate bravery, only foolishness. To do things safely and correctly is the mark of professionalism.”
– Sam Kezar, CTSP, North American Training Solutions
Have your own safety tip or story? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to the National Safety Month list on TCIA.org