Westchester Tree Life involves all of its employees in a complete safety culture: extending well beyond any-one form of awareness. Every Monday we start the week with a safety meeting. Everyone arrives at least fifteen minutes early to complete a safety test or to review the answers from the previous weeks test.. These safety tests always begin with empirical examples of on site injuries that could have been avoided had the persons involved been educated in the inherent potentials of the tasks at hand.
The tests review the industry standards relevant to the task or operation being highlighted, for instance chainsaw safety, driving in inclement weather, heat stroke and so on. All tests comply with The TCIA, ANSI standards (Tree Care Industry Association, American National Standards Institute.) At the end of each test there is a multiple choice/true, false quiz on the subject matter. After we complete the Quiz we move on to our safety meeting, which is a round table type discussion hosted by Bill Davies and Remington Arnold.
As a group we discuss any safety concerns anyone may have. We are encouraged to bring up “near miss” ( which is a close call that could have been a injury) situations. We treat these instances as actual accidents and discuss how they could have been avoided and how we can learn from them. These meetings are not only the foundation for Westchester Tree Life’s safety culture they also bring the company together and make it feel like a concerned family unit.
In addition to our weekly meetings we participate in several other forms of safety training. Everyone at WTL is certified by the American Heart Association in First Aid and CPR.
Each employee is also required to participate in Annual, ACRT Urban Forestry Training. During this training all employees engage in controlled Ariel rescue situations and become certified or recertified in the Line Clearance Arborists Certification program.
As a company we usually spend three days at John Jay Homestead in Katonah NY to participate in this training.