Tree Care Industry Association awarded new OSHA Susan Harwood Grant

The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) has once again been awarded an U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Susan Harwood Grant in the amount of $154,000 to hold electrical hazards awareness and aerial lift safety training workshops in the coming year.

"TCIA is thrilled to receive this grant, again, so that we can continue to provide specialized safety training programs for the arborists who need it most," says Mark Garvin, TCIA president. "It is an important step in reducing occupational injuries and fatalities in our industry."

Training will include recognition, avoidance, abating and preventing hazards when using aerial lifts, operating chain saws, operating chippers and working in close proximity to electrical conductors. Target audiences include small business, limited English proficiency and low-literacy workers. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.

The Harwood program funds grants to nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based groups, employer associations, unions, joint labor-management associations, colleges and universities. The grants require recipients to focus on safety and health topics designated by OSHA.

OSHA awarded a total of $10.5 million in one-year federal safety and health training grants to 80 nonprofit organizations nationwide for fiscal 2018.

In 2017, TCIA used $138,000 in Susan Harwood Grant money to run 33 workshops in 17 states that trained more than 1,100 arborists in electrical hazards, aerial lift safety, chipper safety and chain saw safety.

Visit TCIA's Training Center for the most up-to-date schedule of training opportunities for arborists.