Tree Care Safety: Avoiding Electrical Hazards

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Mar, 23, 2015 @ 20:03 PM

DanDawson-3-24-15-TreechatNightmare scenario: a tree falls on your house-- or on power lines leading to the house. The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) has some cautionary tales about working with trees in the vicinity of electrical hazards. A full 30% of tree care industry fatalities are caused by electrical hazards.

First and foremost, this is a situation for the professionals! Homeowners are best served by calling in knowledgeable and certified arborists. TCIA maintains a complete roster of arborists with current EHAP certificates, available online.  Learn how the TCIA network is using their Electrical Hazards Awareness Program (EHAP) to develop skills that arborists need to safely work around electricity. In addition, the Occupational Tree Care Accidents Report is a sobering listing of accidents, near misses, and fatalities in the tree care industry.

You're Invited to Tweet 

Welcome!  @CoronaTools invites everyone with an interest in trees to enter the hashtag #Treechat on Twitter. Chat partner and Tree Care Industry Association with Web and Marketing Assistant Linnie Leavines will be tweeting as @VoiceOfTreecare. The live chat begins Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST. This is the Twitter chat were we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Discussion Overview

Find out more on this week's #Treechat

  • Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) discusses tree care around electrical hazards 
  • Strategies that TCIA implements to train arborists to successfully work with live electrical hazards. The Electrical Hazards Awareness Program (EHAP) helps arborists develop the skills they need to safely work around electrical hazards, and meet OSHA safety requirements 
  • Electrical Hazards Awareness Program (EHAP) teaches arborists about the hazards of working around energized conductors.
  • There is a complete roster of Professional Arborists with Electrical Hazards Training 
  • TCIA offers an Electrical Hazards Awareness Program  

Join the Conversation

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Join us for this information-rich topic live on Twitter! Just sign in, search for #treechat and tweet using the hashtag. You're tweets will appear in the live tweet stream and you will be part of the conversation.  Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the treechat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live chat, you can still access the complete Storify transcript, available 24/7 following the live chat.  It includes include all the information and links shared during the discussion.

About Treechat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now treechat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.


Topics: #treechat, Leave Electrical Hazards to Professional Arborists

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