The spring season is upon us and the trees are ready to start leafing out and uptaking all kinds of nutrients from their environment. This big uptake will help them push out new growth and put on some new growth rings as well. With the growth spurt comes the threat of pests and diseases that love munching on that supple new growth and possibly infecting the leaves and needles of your clients’ trees! So, what is your plan for helping them care for their trees this coming season?
- Injecting Trees: Micro vs. Macro Injections
- Swivels Keep You from Getting Twisted Up
- Foot Ascenders Help Climbers Cruise Up Ropes with Ease
- How to Become More Efficient at Tree Removals
- Proper Use of Cutting Tools: Chainsaw Training and Handsaw Safety
- Various Uses of Carabiners with Pulleys
- The Many Uses of Carabiners
- Double Bagging With Throwline
- Safety Awareness: Protect Your Hands
- Safety Awareness: Protect Your Legs
- Safety Awareness: Protect Your Eyes
- Safety Awareness: Protect Your Head
- Winter Exercise and Activity for Keeping In Shape
- Try Out the “O Rig Technique” for Easier Limb Walks
- The Evolution of How I’ve Used Work Positioning Lanyards
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Have you ever been out on a limb with your climb line attached to the ring on your bridge while also trying to use your lanyard as a second tie-in, but as you lean way out there you notice your rope and lanyard are turning your bridge all around in a circle? This is a headache that can easily cause you frustration, but also, in a rescue scenario, cause the rescue to take far longer than it should because of an avoidable misconfiguration of gear. There is, however, a really easy way to fix this little dilemma: a swivel!
What is your favorite foot ascender? What really stands out to you about it? Do you like the fact that it’s super lightweight? Maybe you like its ability to lock onto your rope? Perhaps even its ability to not lock? Foot ascenders are super useful and in our industry, there are actually quite a few options for these awesome little camming units that help us cruise right up our ropes!
On a recent Facebook post, we asked, “what you recommended to someone that wanted to get faster at doing removals?” An overwhelming response was that you don’t need to be faster, you need to be safe. That’s a great point and obviously the best answer for the given scenario, but when we asked, we were assuming that the theoretical climber was, indeed, safe. So, with that being said, let’s look at some ways that a climber can reduce the time that they are in the tree by making them more efficient at tree removals.
Are you afraid of your chainsaw? Honestly, I would hope that you aren’t afraid of it, but I truly hope that you respect it! Chainsaws and handsaws alike are both used to cut through some pretty hard stuff, whether it be a solid Red Oak limb or a stone hard dead American Elm. These two tools require your utmost attention when being used, and above all else, your respect! That’s why proper chainsaw training and handsaw safety are vital.
We’ve talked about carabiners plenty of times in the past and that’s for a very good reason; they are really useful! Carabiners have been around since 1921 to help keep things attached to other things as well as keeping climbers attached to ropes on the cliff side or in the canopy. Carabiners have developed into something that we can use for life support, for rigging, and to make our climbing lives way easier! Let’s take a look at some of the different uses for the various carabiners that are available.
As we have discussed in many previous blog posts, a throw line is one of the most useful tools that you can have on a job site. It can reduce the amount of climbing you need to do, give you a safe tie-in point from the ground, and can also be used to set all your rigging points from the ground; that is if you know how to use it! There are many ways to use a throw line, and some of the techniques are a bit more advanced than others. Today we’ll focus on one technique, double bagging, and hopefully it will help make a day climbing way easier for you!
Out of all the infuriating things that can happen throughout the day at work, the thing that really makes an impression on those cold days is the searing pain that screams from your fingertips when an unwieldy branch lets loose and gives you a good crack across your pinky finger! This is the one of the absolute “joys” of working outside during the icy Midwest winters. But guess what? For all of you who have been through this same horror, there’s an answer for the pain we’ve all surely endured!
Have you ever used a chainsaw before? More than likely, yes. Unless you are just doing some very fine ornamental pruning, you have used a chainsaw in your day-to-day work routine! More than likely you use a chainsaw almost all day long for hours on end. The big question is, what type of chainsaw protection are you employing?
To keep moving forward with our month of safety articles and discounted product that we hope will help you stock up on all the safety gear you need, let’s take a look at safety glasses and what makes a pair of safety glasses approved for work in the tree care industry. Just because you have a pair of glasses on doesn’t mean that they are actually rated for the hazards that we are exposed to while doing tree work. Maybe you picked up a pair of cheapo glasses at the gas station in the morning or you brought in your super high dollar polarized glasses for when you are out on the boat? Are either of these any better than the other at protecting your eyes? Most probably not.
Did you know that “struck-bys” are the number one cause of injury and death in the tree industry? That means that more and more people are killed every year by branches, logs, or trees falling on them and striking them somewhere on the body or head. That is an awful lot of injuries and deaths that could possibly be reduced or avoided altogether. So what would be the best way to reduce climbing accidents you ask? Protective climbing helmets and effective communication!
Keeping in shape isn’t a very hard job for us tree climbers, considering that we are continuously climbing ropes and limbs in trees and moving logs and brush on the ground. This type of daily activity keeps a person in top physical shape, but what happens when the work slows down, like during the winter months for us Midwest climbers? Winter exercise and activity can help keep our bodies in shape while we wait for the warm weather and steady work to come back. Let’s take a look at some exercises and different techniques to keep us working at 100% day in and day out!
Have you ever been out on the tips during a limb walk and found it really difficult to get back in? Maybe you were on a dreaded drooping limb walk that ended in a wobbling uncoordinated fight back to the base of the tree? Or perhaps you experienced a mega long limb walk in a 200 year old White Oak that has been reaching for the sun for the last 100 years. Regardless, we may have a technique that could make this whole process a little easier for you!
Let’s take a look at one of the most basic, yet most useful tools we have on our side: your work positioning lanyard. Whether you call it a Buck Strap, a Sissy Strap, a Scare Strap, Safety Strap or Lanyard, they all do the same thing; that is keep you safe while climbing trees. Now let’s go back a couple years and I’d like to share my own evolution through positioning lanyards and some climbing systems. Hopefully, this can help you choose a lanyard that works for you and how you climb!