is a serious and widespread hazard to arborists. In fact, electricity causes
about 30 percent of all fatalities in the tree care industry, making it the
leading cause of worker fatalities.
even a street lamp circuit or phone line can be energized with enough voltage
to kill, almost all arborists in the field have at least some exposure to this
hazard. In fact, workers don't even have to touch a wire to be electrocuted -
about half of all electrocution fatalities are the result of indirect contact.
Tree branches and other conductive objects are an ever-present threat for the
All arborists must be trained to recognize and avoid these electrical
hazards. Qualified line-clearance arborists must have additional knowledge
about electrical hazards and the special techniques used to work safely near
TCIA was recently awarded a federal grant in the amount of $154,233 from the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
grant, SH31174SH7, was awarded through the Susan Harwood Training Grant
Program, which provides funding for nonprofit organizations to conduct
in-person, hands-on training and educational programs for employers and workers
on the recognition, avoidance and prevention of safety and health hazards in
select workshops financed 100 percent through federal funds, will be offered to
affected employees and owners of small businesses, including limited-English,
low-literacy and hard-to-reach workers.
Bob Mead, CTSP
Full- or part-time commercial tree care company employees and owners. Unemployed workers who want to work in the industry.
Public employees are not eligible in the state of Massachusetts. No one from companies with 250 or more employees are eligible per OSHA Guidelines. Students must be working for a private tree care company to be eligible to attend.
Pricing & Registration:
Free, one-day workshop funded by OSHA Susan Harwood Grant SH31174SH7.
Registrations from one company are capped at 5, until one week before the workshop when all empty seats are released. Sorry, no walk-ins. Registration is transferrable.
EHAP materials are provided with registration, including the EHAP manual, Z133 Safety Standard and enrollment into the EHAP Program (a $135 retail value).
Lunch is not provided. Brown bag or there are pizza and sandwich shops near by.
Earn 7.0 ISA and CTSP CEUs for attending.
Bristol County Agricultural High School
135 Center St.
Dighton, MA 02715
Park in the back of the building to be closer to the auditorium.
By virtue of your attendance you agree to the use of your likeness in TCIA's