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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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Tree Felling Skill Drill

November 01, 2019

Beth Lay and I would like to thank Mark Rowe and the team members from Division 21 for allowing us to participate in this week's tree felling skill drill in Caledonia, NY. Just when I thought I would never actually use the Pythagorean Theory in my job . . . 

Following is an abbreviated version of the tactical tailgate the safety team sent out...

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D15 Total Safety Culture Training

October 18, 2019

This week, D15 held a two-day, total safety culture meeting in the field. Employees broke into small groups, went to different stations and got hands-on training on a variety of topics: pre-job hazard surveys (PJHS), spotter operations, restoration process, drop zone cone procedures, jobsite set-up and equipment inspection. The utility...

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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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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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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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D16 Total Safety Training

March 27, 2018

In mid-March, Lewis Tree Service and our Duke Energy partners held a two-day training session for all Lewis utility line clearance employees working on Duke Energy Transmission in the Coastal area of Florida

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Ten Ways to Achieve Zero Lost-time Incidents

February 13, 2018

As all of you know, I ask repeatedly, "What will you do today to achieve zero lost-time incidents?" This question isn't just for our vegetation management operations leadership and safety specialists, it's for the entire organization. We want you to be posing this to all of your team members and listening to their answers. We have an...

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