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TCIA Safety Award for Cuba Storm Restoration

February 16, 2018

We are extremely proud that Jorge A. Reyes Navarrete, General Foreman, was recently recognized by the Tree Care Industry Association at its Winter Management Conference with a TCIA Safety “Good Samaritan” certificate for his extraordinary vegetation management efforts during hurricane response.  And by extraordinary efforts we mean that he ...

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Ten Ways to Achieve Zero Lost-time Incidents

February 13, 2018

As all of you know, I ask repeatedly, "What will you do today to achieve zero lost-time incidents?" This question isn't just for our vegetation management operations leadership and safety specialists, it's for the entire organization. We want you to be posing this to all of your team members and listening to their answers. We have an...

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Always Be Uplifting

January 23, 2018

The other day, I stopped by to visit an irate property owner who was belittling our vegetation management crews and claiming they arrived late, slept through lunch and left early.  Before arriving, I looked at their GPS records and noted that they were on-time. When I arrived at the house, I noticed that her yard was a mess, her porch was...

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Why Documenting At-risk Behaviors is Critical

January 15, 2018

Last summer, in Region 1, we began a deep-dive on the trending reports and leading indicators that we collect on our Safety Feedback forms. One of the things that we identified immediately was that some leaders were very good at identifying and documenting at-risk behaviors, and working with their craft workers to mitigate hazards, while others...

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Use Caution with Frozen Fuel Lines

January 03, 2018

For those of you facing the bomb cyclone this week (and, no, I have never used that phrase in a sentence before!), beware of the effect that the subzero temperatures may have on your diesel fuel systems. If your fuel lines are frozen or your fuel is gelling, please give your vehicle ample  time to thaw. And head this warning: Starting fluid or...

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Stay Safe: We Have Your Back

January 02, 2018

Just a quick reminder for anyone who couldn't make this week's safety call, we know that many of you are facing bitter cold temperatures in the field. We ask that you make the best decisions possible for your utility line clearance teams (e.g., assess conditions, delay shifts, schedule breaks) and we will support you 100%. 

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Throwing Pennies in the Dark

December 11, 2017

As you know, we’ve all been tasked with achieving a goal of zero lost-time incidents. I believe that how we communicate can take us to zero. Right now, say you are in a meeting in Dallas. At this very moment, what are you doing to keep your vegetation management crews safe? Nothing. That’s why we need to continue to push the message down. And...

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What's Your Bigger Picture?

December 07, 2017

During the Lewis two-day, leadership team meeting in Rochester last October, we had an impactful speaker, Dale Lesinski, share a message about “Safety 4 the Right Reasons.” He asked us to close our eyes and think about the four people who we love the most in this world and to whom we never want anything bad to happen. Visualize those friends...

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In Memoriam: Chris Norton

November 16, 2017

Christopher Norton was born on December 27, 1984 in Schwabmuenchen, Germany to Brian and Monika Norton. Sadly, he passed away on Sunday morning, October 22, 2017, leaving behind his wife/high-school sweetheart, Heather, and two boys, Ashton and Colin. He will be sorely missed. May all who love him find peace and comfort. 

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Fleet: Another Tool in Your Toolbox

November 13, 2017

When it comes to vegetation management, like a chainsaw or trimmer, a finely tuned vehicle is another tool in your toolbox—and your success is literally riding on it. As always, continuous improvement is key.

Our year-end statistics around vehicle safety, including our out-of-service (OOS) violation data, is something to be extremely proud of...

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