Safety

Safe Tree Services in Memphis

The tree care industry is a very demanding field and requires the utmost scrutiny of safety and equipment maintenance. Safety is a top priority at Woodland Tree.

Daily equipment inspections are conducted by crew supervisors. Woodland Tree has 3 fully certified and experienced mechanics on site for equipment repairs and preventative maintenance. Periodic inspections done by outside authorities including Tennessee State Director of the International Society of Arboriculture, Chairman of Southern Chapter of ISA Tree Climbing, and Chairman of TN State Tree Climbing Competition to insure all safety equipment is up to OSHA and ANSI standards. To further promote a culture of safety, Woodland Tree employs a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional to oversee safety, initiatives and facilitate the continued education of employees.

On November 30, 2012 Woodland hosted its annual safety training. With participation from experts in their field like Wes Hopper from Urban Forestry, Jill Hoffman with Hortica Insurance, and a representative from Floied Fire Extinguisher, Woodland and its staff were coached on the most current safety practices in our industry. All staff received training on: the 2013 required Hazard Communications with Globally Harmonized System (GHS), commercial motor vehicle defensive driving, fire safety with fire extinguisher training, accident investigation, and supervisor training. Crew members received hands on training on advanced rigging and cutting techniques. Woodland Tree Service is committed to the continuing education of our employees and staff.

As of December 2012 staff representatives at Woodland Tree Service hold the following credentials:

  • (5) International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists
  • Certified Tree Care Safety Professional
  • Emergency Response & First Aid Training 2 year Red Cross Certifications for crew leaders
  • CPR Certifications through The Red Cross for crew leaders
  • Class A & B Commercial Driver’s Licenses

2013 Safety Program initiatives include:

  • Obtaining TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) Accreditation Status 
  • Certified line clearance arborists through the Electrical Hazards Awareness Program 
  • International Society of Arboriculture Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist
  • Additional International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists on staff    

The following programs are in place to ensure safety:

  • Safety Committee with representation from all employment fields, meets monthly 
  • Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Model Company Safety Program Adoption 
  • Formal Employee Training with Handbook 
  • Hazardous Communications Policy with new GHS training 
  • Weekly Safety Sessions with all crew members 
  • Electrical Hazards Awareness Program (EHAP) 
  • Blood Borne Pathogens training 
  • Weekly companywide safety bulletins highlighting industry case studies.

Safety Session Meeting topics covered annually
for all Woodland Tree Service
Grounds Men, Climbers, & Foreman:

  • First Aid and CPR 
  • Personal Protective Equipment 
  • Equipment Safety and Operation 
  • Grinding and chipping operations 
  • Chain Saw Safety 
  • Rigging 
  • Climber Safety 
  • Knots and Rope Tying 
  • Aerial Rescue Training 
  • Flagger Training 
  • ANSI Z133.1 Standards 
  • Drug & Alcohol Awareness Preventing 
  • Property Damage 
  • Job Site Setup 
  • Protection from the Elements (Hot and Cold Weather) 
  • Storm Work Emergencies 
  • Using Cranes for Tree Removal 
  • Chipper Safety & Maintenance 
  • Pruning & Trimming 
  • Avoiding “Struck-By” Injuries 
  • Fall Prevention 
  • Plant Health Care Safety 
  • Back Injury Prevention 
  • Lock Out/Tag Out