Tree care is one of the most dangerous professions in the U.S., particularly if performed by amateurs or untrained personnel. Statistics show that performing tree care is more dangerous than working for a police or fire department. Every year homeowners are injured or killed trying to do their own tree work. They should not perform tree work involving climbing of any kind, work from a ladder to prune a tree, or attempt to fell (cut-down) trees. The Care of Trees is fully insured to cover worker’s compensation, property damage and personal liability in case of accidents.
AT THE CARE OF TREES, SAFETY IS KEY
In 2005, The Care of Trees commissioned Behavioral Science Technology, Inc. (BST)to evaluate the company’s safety leadership practices. The Care of Trees was the first tree care company to participate in the BST Strategic Safety Leadership program. Some of the company’s other clients have included DaimlerChrysler, Johnson & Johnson and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Recent research by the University of South Dakota demonstrates what those of us in the tree care industry already know: tree care is a dangerous business. According to the research, tree care workers have the highest accident rate of any job for a municipality. In fact, the most dangerous act you can do on the job is to remove a tree.
This sobering information is one reason why The Care of Trees decided to build upon our focus on safety leadership. After years of focusing on our company’s safety record, we had reached a consistent safety level, but we were not content with that. We wanted to figure out how to get even better.
"No one in our family gets hurt." This simple sentence crystallizes our vision for our employee safety leadership program and is heavily promoted through all aspects of our operations.