"Please tell Ken Palmer we really appreciated him and all that you folks back east did for North Dakota, and that I personally heard many positive comments on his presentation skills and arborist knowledge. Ken is an asset to the arboriculture industry. The sharing of his knowledge with practicing arborists is helping advance the professionalism of this industry in leaps and bounds. I hope he has success and good fortune in all of his future endeavors. Take care."


In our tree crew, there is an on-going debate about whether the climber needs to watch out for the ground worker or if the ground worker should watch out for the climber. We’ve had a couple of close calls where the climber dropped a rigging block and almo

In our tree crew, there is an on-going debate about whether the climber needs to watch out for the ground worker or if the ground worker should watch out for the climber. We’ve had a couple of close calls where the climber dropped a rigging block and almo

 In reality it is both. The challenge here is that each has his/her own job to do and they may not always be paying close attention to each other. Too often someone voices a command and assumes it was heard and understood. We often hear a worker in a tree yelling “headache” or “heads up” as they are dropping a piece of wood out of the tree. This may be something a crew member may or may not hear or acknowledge but would a homeowner or pedestrian understand this? Also with the loud equipment we work with at times it may be difficult to hear a command. A good practice is to wear a whistle. At ArborMaster we encourage the use of a simple voice command/response system. If I am in a tree and am taking out any piece of equipment (handsaw, chainsaw, rigging block, etc.) that might be dropped to the ground, I want to own that space below me so that no one is in danger of being hurt. The command ‘STAND CLEAR’ is clear and to the point but it is equally important that I wait for the response “CLEAR” if a person is speaking for themself only and/or‘ALL CLEAR’ if a person is speaking for more than one member of the crew before I proceed. Conversely, if the ground worker needs to come into that area to clear brush or cut wood, they signal ‘COMING UNDERNEATH’ and wait for the ‘CLEAR’ or ‘ALL CLEAR’. Now they own that space until further stated. This way a running dialogue between the ground worker and climber will ensure that one hand knows what the other is doing.


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