The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) have placed a call for public review of a revision draft for the current ANSI A300 (Part 4)-2008, the standard for lighting protection systems in trees. This is the intended final public review draft for this revision and will be open for comments through June 24, 2013. The A300 Part 4 standard addresses the following items:
If you have to hoist a climber into a tree with a crane, we recommend that you document your reasons in writing. It's the law in Maryland and highly advisable everywhere else.
OSHA's issue with cranes focuses on the practice of hoisting a climber into a work position. This practice violates the federal OSHA standard. Both Maryland and Virginia OSHA adopted arborist rules that permit the climber to be hoisted, but only when it provides the safest or only feasible means of access.
New Hampshire officials confirmed on Friday, April 5, that emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive wood boring beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, has been found in the state. Specimens from a suspect tree in Concord were collected and sent to scientists at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, which confirmed the insect's identity.
TCIA Members and tree care companies in Ohio and Illinois need to be aware of stepped up inspection activity from OSHA commencing April 1 and continuing through September 30, the result of a "local emphasis program," or LEP, targeting tree businesses.
Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) will, while traveling during the course of their workday, be watchful for tree care work activities where employees may be exposed to hazardous conditions. The CSHO will then notify his/her Area Office for authorization to begin an immediate inspection.
Fifty volunteer certified arborists and their families volunteered their tree expertise this past weekend at California's Camp Josepho, a Boy Scout camp in the hills of Santa Monica. In exchange for their donated tree care, the West L.A. Boy Scouts will donate $15,000 to The Britton Fund, a tree research and education charitable nonprofit.
Effective March 14, 2013, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is declaring eradication of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in Middlesex and Union Counties, New Jersey, thereby releasing them from quarantine. Since 2004, APHIS has worked with its State partners to complete extensive survey, control, and regulatory activities in these areas to eradicate ALB from New Jersey.
APHIS determined that these counties can be removed from quarantine after program efforts resulted in three years of negative surveys of host plants within the regulated areas.
Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced February 21 that a quarantine will be established in Berkshire County, in order to stop the spread of the invasive insect species Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). This decision comes after extensive survey in the affected area and public hearings.The quarantine will take effect March 1, 2013.
Townsend Tree Service is the first company in the USA to be accredited under a new Utility Contractor - Tree Service Company Accreditation program administered by TCIA. Achieving accreditation means that the company adheres to industry standards for safety and best business practices, maintains a trained, professional staff and is dedicated to the provision of top quality services.
11 tree care companies were represented at TCIA’s First Regional Meeting for Commercial Companies in Chicago on January 24, 2013.
“The meeting, hosted by Kramer Tree Specialists, was a great success!” says Peggy Drescher, TCIA’s Midwest Regional Outreach Coordinator. “Tim Ayers provided great insight into the recent ANSI Z133 standard changes and Erik Peterson provided important information on how on the job injuries can affect your business. I look forward to hosting future meetings that address the needs of the tree care industry in the Midwest.”
According to a press release issued January 4 by the US Forest Service, Paul Ries was named Associate Deputy Chief in State and Private Forestry (effective December 30, 2012) and Nora Rasure will be the new Regional Forester in the Intermountain Region, effective January 13.