Getting the Most Out of Your Team and Career

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 7/8/2019 to Tree Climbing Safety
Getting the Most Out of Your Team and Career
How do you motivate your team to be their best? How about yourself? We have a few tips in mind.

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Be Prepared for Tree Work During Rainy Days

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 6/17/2019 to Tree Climbing Safety
Be Prepared for Tree Work During Rainy Days
Gear you need for working tree service in rainy weather.

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Making the Most of a New Hire’s First Days

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 5/22/2019 to Tree Climbing Safety
Making the Most of a New Hire’s First Days
Having just brought on some new hires, I figured it would be a good idea to talk about some of the things that we try to cover with each of them throughout their first couple days, as well as how to keep them motivated to keep learning and advancing themselves in their new career!

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Choosing Your Tie-In Point for Tree Climbing

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 5/1/2019 to Tree Climbing Safety
Choosing Your Tie-In Point for Tree Climbing
These are just a couple small things to think about when choosing a tie-in point for climbing trees.

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Tips for Performing a Successful Emergency Aerial Rescue

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 3/25/2019 to Tree Climbing Safety
Tips for Performing a Successful Emergency Aerial Rescue
Tips for Performing a Successful Emergency Rescue For Tree Climbers and Arborists

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The Importance of the Pre-Job Safety Briefing

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 3/25/2019 to Tree Climbing Safety
The Importance of the Pre-Job Safety Briefing
The Importance of the Pre-Job Safety Briefing

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Video Guides for Climbs, Aborists, Workers and All

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 2/19/2019 to Tree Climbing Gear
Video Guides for Climbs, Aborists, Workers and All
We wanted to put a bunch of the new videos in one place so that you could easily click through them to learn a bunch!

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Is Hiring a Contract Climber a Good Idea For Your Company?

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 12/27/2018 to Tree Climbing Safety
Is Hiring a Contract Climber a Good Idea For Your Company?
Find out why tree care companies hire contract climbers for extra work.

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Technology for Trees--Tracking, Treating, and Tabulating!

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 11/27/2018 to Tree Climbing Gear
Technology for Trees--Tracking, Treating, and Tabulating!
Here is a list of some techy websites and apps that we think are really making it easy to learn, become more efficient, as well as track what you are doing with trees!

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Ground Protection: Plywood vs. Alturna Mats

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 6/28/2018 to Tree Climbing Safety
Ground Protection: Plywood vs. Alturna Mats

How many times have you wanted to start a job, but the day before it rains? Or what about those times when the frost just started leaving the ground and every single yard you try to work in is a sinkhole? Or lastly, the dread of working in the yard with the perfect landscaping that you don’t dare make one divot in the lawn? These are all situations that we, as tree company owners and employees, find ourselves in day in and day out! One of the best investments you can make when it comes to these problems is a bunch of Alturna Mats!


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The Bartlett Interview: Dan Thornton

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 5/31/2018 to Tree Climbing Gear
The Bartlett Interview: Dan Thornton

So we did an interview with some climbers that we are friends with a couple weeks ago. We pretty much just asked them some basic questions to see how they felt about the industry, climbing gear, any tree climbing tips they may have, and what keeps them going every single day! Our first interview is with Dan Thornton, who, if any of you have been to MTCC (Michigan Tree Climbing Championships) you’ve probably met him or talked to him behind the tape of some of the events or threw a disc around after the comp in the parking lot. Dan has always been willing to come help out with volunteer projects and is a great worker that is starting to make a name for himself in the industry. We were super happy to meet up with him and get his thoughts on what he sees going on in the tree industry! So here we go!


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Learning from Mark Chisholm

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/27/2018 to Tree Climbing Safety

STIHL Chainsaws and Mark Chisholm made this awesome video demonstrating the forces that are generated when climbing SRT on a series of different anchor points. This is such an interesting topic to discuss, seeing as we have already presented part of this to you in previous blogs discussing “Forces in Rigging” quite a while ago. So let’s discuss a little bit of what’s being covered in the video to help you choose the best tie-in method while climbing SRT!


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Unsafe Climbing Practices: A Hard Habit to Break

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/27/2018 to Tree Climbing Safety
Unsafe Climbing Practices: A Hard Habit to Break

One of the most interesting things about tree work is the way that we all tend to learn the trade. We learn from those around us, and in many companies this is all the training we get. A great term I heard in the past is that we are all “Work Isolated,” meaning that we might all essentially be doing the same thing, but we may be doing it completely different because we never really see the way that other companies are doing it. This was very true before the rise of the Internet and social media such as Facebook and Instagram. Now we have the ability to see what someone else is doing on the other side of the globe in a matter of minutes! So let me tell you a story from my past from right about the time that the tree industry was discovering Facebook!


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Swivels Keep You from Getting Twisted Up

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 4/2/2018 to Tree Climbing Safety
Swivels Keep You from Getting Twisted Up

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!


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Proper Use of Cutting Tools: Chainsaw Training and Handsaw Safety

Posted by Professional Tree Climber on 3/14/2018 to Tree Climbing Safety
Proper Use of Cutting Tools: Chainsaw Training and Handsaw Safety

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.


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