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Using Adaptive Capacity to Create Safety

December 15, 2020

When studying close calls with serious injury potential (SIP), we discovered a recurring pattern. Several of our SIPs were caused by crew members who were using back cuts when other types of cuts would have been more effective. Why? Because they were more comfortable with back cuts; in other words, back cuts were the default cut for their crews.

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Building Adaptive Capacity in Utility Vegetation Management

November 09, 2020

Our work environments are highly variable and include difficult terrains, changing and extreme weather conditions, myriad tree species/conditions, and energized lines

As most reading this can attest, for decades the traditional view of safety in the utility line clearance industry centered around defining and following policies and practices...

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Resilience Engineering and Human Performance

May 31, 2019

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...

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