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Learning From What Goes Well

September 27, 2019

Have you ever been on a job site where no incidents were occurring, but unsafe practices were present? Take a moment to think about that and let it sink in. Accidents may represent a lack of safety, but a lack of accidents does NOT represent safety.

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Our Customer Promise

September 24, 2019

Over the past six months, we’ve been rolling out our customer promise:

At Lewis, Job Done Right™ is our promise to listen, provide solutions, meet our commitments and deliver a safe, professional, hassle-free experience.

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Engage the Uns

September 19, 2019

We’ve been trained for decades to do a thorough pre-task brief focused on identifying and managing every risk. While this is a good practice, there’s one, major problem: vegetation management is complex and highly variable. We’re lacking the certainty that can be found in routine environments.

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Waiting for Drier Conditions

August 05, 2019

Today's blog post is the second of two recent examples of our Job Done Right safety culture focused on Team Situational Awareness and recognizing Weak Signals. 

A three-man manual crew, who often remove dangerous and hazardous trees, were working on a single-phase that runs through the backcountry of northern Ohio. The crew had successfully...

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Requesting an Outage

August 02, 2019

We often talk about and acknowledge that craftworkers, company-wide, make thousands of decisions each day, which lead to successful outcomes. It would be impossible to capture every one of these decisions; but, today's blog post is the first of two recent examples.

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In Memoriam: Kevin Fuller

July 18, 2019

Kevin Fuller, General Foreman with Lewis Tree Service for over 11 years, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on July 13, 2019 leaving behind his cherished family and friends—including the entire team in Division 28 who loved and respected him.

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What's Inside?

July 08, 2019

After reviewing an incident last week involving a decayed trunk that was unknown to the feller and reviewing two close calls with very similar circumstances, the question that comes to mind is: Are we doing all that we can to find out what kind of wood fiber, if any, is in the tree? Are the fibers punky, wet, dry, consistent, solid, etc.?

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Wilson Demonstrates Hard Hat Safety with Falling Tree Limb

June 14, 2019

Division 20 (Southern New England) spent the day last week in a local park with North American Training Solutions and “Wilson” an ill-fated watermelon wearing a hard hat. Wilson was our friendly fire dummy that demonstrated what happens when a three-foot, 70-pound limb is dropped from 40’ in the air.

It was a dramatic...

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What's the Difference between Engaged and Engaging Leadership?

May 20, 2019

Last week Dennis Brown, COO, asked the Lewis operations team our thoughts on the difference between "leadership engagement" and "engaging leadership." (Other team member responses are below.) I’ve been thinking about the distinction between the two terms and believe there’s a big difference. To me, the difference is in the motivation. 

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In Memoriam: Bradley Johnson Benton

May 02, 2019

Bradley Johnson Benton, 28, of Concord, NC, passed away at home unexpectedly on Friday, April 26, 2019 leaving behind his beloved wife of 10 years, Leslie Benton; sons, Rylan and Jaxson Benton, and many close and much-loved friends and family members.

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