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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.?
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...
Early on, someone said to me “There are a hundred ways to take a tree down.” No two trees are the same. Landscapes differ. Weather conditions change. The level of experience and amount of training varies per crew member. There is not one best way to take a tree down. While these takeaways may seem obvious to the readers of this publication, the...
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.