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Summer at Paul Smith's College

November 08, 2019

At the end of August, Lewis Tree Service Division 21 performed a demonstration of some of our operations at Paul Smith’s College School of Logging in the northern region of New York’s Adirondack State Park. Paul Smith’s College is the only four-year institution of higher education in the park and its 14,000-acre campus is one of the largest in...

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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 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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Creating Safety in Concord, NC

December 07, 2018

The safety team held a meeting in Concord, NC November 14-15.  The two-day training consisted of intense classroom exercises and discussions led by Beth Lay, Director of Safety and Human Performance, and Deb Boyce, Safety Manager, with a visit from Lewis CEO Tom Rogers.  On day two, the safety team and members of Carolina Tree Care along with...

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Operating Principle: Improvement-minded

August 20, 2018

“The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities. A very little key will open a very heavy door.”  -Charles Dickens

Individuals and organizations with proven track records of success have one commonly exhibited behavior: they are never...

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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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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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Our Goal: ZERO lost-time incidents

November 08, 2017

I hope that those of you who were on our Monday morning safety call remember and have been reflecting on the question that I posed: How will we set ourselves up for success this week?

As always, let’s learn from the past but not dwell upon it. Let’s spend less time talking about what happened during incidents and more time on understanding why....

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A Fresh Start

October 30, 2017

Today is the first day of the new fiscal year for members of the Lewis family tree: Lewis Tree Service, Carolina Tree Service and, of course, my team, Wilderness Environmental ServicesThat gives us a unique opportunity to start fresh. We do that financially. We can also do that from a safety perspective. We can take the opportunity to do a...

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Safety First

October 02, 2017

 

Welcome to Lewis Tree Service's new blog! We intend to use this forum to share news, updates and  content about common topics of interest. Like what? First and foremost, we will frequently touch upon safety (of course) especially as it pertains to vegetation management and utility line clearance—and associated activities like driving,...

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