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Annual Tree Felling Training

April 15, 2019

Along with our utility partner, Division 16, Florida, held our annual Tree Felling Training on March 27, 2019. We began the day with conducting our PJHS, followed by chainsaw safety, throw ball techniques, open face notch cutting, and lastly, applying the back cut and felling of the tree. Employees were actively engaged and participated in all...

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Christopher Bostick Earns ISA Certified Arborist Designation

February 21, 2019

Chris Bostick, under the leadership of Supervisor Jason Leonard, recently demonstrated professional competency by successfully completing the ISA Certified Arborist examination administered through the International Society of Arboriculture local chapter MAC-ISA.

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In Memoriam - Adam B. Kline

February 18, 2019

 

 

Adam B. Kline, age 27, of Gloversville, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville.

He was born on August 9, 1991 in Amsterdam, the only son of Richard Kline and Sandra Parker Kline of Johnstown.

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Assumed Safety

February 15, 2019

As utility arborists, how many times a day do we observe, or are part of, actions that we ASSUME are being performed safely or with safety top of mind?

To put it another way - How many actions or activities do we participate in where we don’t have proof that we are safe?

The term "assume” is defined as "supposed to be the case, without proof." ...

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Barber Chairing

February 06, 2019

Early last spring, before I joined Lewis Tree Service, I had a close call that I believe carries some valuable lessons for our team. The private company that I was working for had a contract to remove several hundred dead ash trees from a local park. I put a notch in a 12-inch DBH, 50–60 ft tall dead ash that had just enough lean to it that I...

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Responsible and Trustworthy: An HR Perspective

January 28, 2019

How Do We Build a Responsible and Trusting Way of Life?

Let's look our last two operating principles as described in the Lewis employee handbook:

Being Responsible is ethically maintaining a constant focus on the best interests of our employees, customers and communities where we work and live.” One of the fruits of carrying out...

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Kudos to the D10 Transmission Team

January 25, 2019

I am proud to recognize that the Division 10 transmission team was able to complete a very successful 2018 by going the entirety of the year without an OSHA recordable injury. They were also able to complete all their regularly scheduled maintenance cycle work on time with fewer than five reworks, the Annual Inspection Program (AIP) ahead of...

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Acts with Integrity: An HR Perspective

January 21, 2019

By definition, acting with integrity means to follow one’s morals or ethical convictions under all circumstances. My parents made this value very clear to me during my youth as they taught me to do the right thing, even if nobody was looking. Although this is a simple concept, it should not be confused with being easy. When choosing to do the...

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Honest: An HR Perspective

January 14, 2019

When I think about being “honest,” I think about the benefits of an authentic organization and an authentic self.

In regards to an authentic organization: The HR team is wrapping up our presentations on Respect and one question we ask during that training is, “how does your team know they can trust you?” – On almost every occasion someone...

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What is Safety?

January 10, 2019

Safety is often defined and measured more by its absence than by its presence.  — James Reason (2000)

Imagine trying to drive a car by only looking in the rearview mirror. 

Traditional safety spends a lot of effort looking backward and counting and analyzing incidents.  Traditional safety is defined by the actions to avoid.  All the good work –...

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