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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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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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TCIA Safety Award: Life-saving Medical Response

February 18, 2019

Division 15 is thrilled to announce that Armando E. Marichal, General Foreman; Artemio Irizarry Vera and Dionisio E. Rivas (Enrique) were recognized by the Tree Care Industry Association at its Winter Management Conference with TCIA safety awards for the heroic measures taken to save a fellow crew member's life. 

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TCIA Safety Award: Safety Turnaround

February 18, 2019

We are extremely proud that Ian Clarke, General Foreman, was recognized by the Tree Care Industry Association at its Winter Management Conference with a TCIA Safety award for the extraordinary cultural shift he implemented to a Total Safety Culture. 

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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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