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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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Improvement-minded: An HR Perspective

January 07, 2019

An unwavering focus on improvement is one of the many things that sets Lewis Tree Service apart from other organizations. Herein lies an inability to accept the status quo, and a persistence that is never satiated. How can we cultivate a workforce that will aid in our relentless drive of forward progress?

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Storm Trouble: Helping A Local Non-Profit

January 04, 2019

A sunny, crisp, December morning greeted us. Trees and shrubs outlined by the white sparkles of heavy frost only early winter can deliver. It was going to be a good day for outdoor work, the kind when staying warm required only a few light layers once your body started moving. As the vegetation management crews moved their trucks into position...

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Ten Years of ISNetworld Membership

January 02, 2019

 

Did you know that Lewis Tree Service has been a proud member of ISNetworld since April 25, 2008? We celebrated our ten year anniversary last year. 

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