A Well Dressed Arbotist

Winter 2006 News in Adobe PDF format Meet Nick Peterson, Wachtel foreman and Certified Arborist WI-0591A.

by Jeff Hagfors, Certified Arborist WI-0181A

Check out what Nick is wearing. All the safety gear that he is wearing is required by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

This gear, also called Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), is intended to give Nick the best protection available while he performs his duties.

Nick’s job is never routine. Sometimes it can even be dangerous. Nick cares about his safety and the safety and well being of his crew and customers. While working at great heights or with power equipment, there is no compromise to safety.

Chain saw pants (also called chaps) are required to be worn while cutting with chain saws on the ground.

Hard hats are required to be worn while engaged in any tree care operation.

Eye protection is required and keeps Nick’s eyes safe from dust, contaminants and injury.

Hearing protection is required and protects Nick’s ears from being damaged due to long-term exposure to high levels of noise.

Work boots. A well-constructed boot with a non-slip sole allows Nick to move around freely in the tree, yet offers him protection from cuts, abrasions and injury.

Gloves that Nick wears will protect his hands from minor cuts and abrasions, yet they allow him good dexterity and grip.

Climbing gear such as a saddle, rope, safety lanyard, carabiners, snaps and straps all must meet or exceed ANSI specifications. Nick is required to inspect this gear prior to every use.

We are proud that Nick and all of our employees make safety their top priority while on your property.

Be cautious of discount tree cutters and self-proclaimed weekend arborists who do not care about their own safety. The bottom line is if they don’t care about their own safety, they’ll care even less about yours!

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