Monthly Archives: May 2014

OSHA’s New Guidelines and the Tree Care Industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enacted new legislation, and it will certainly impact the tree care industry. Trimmers, pruners and other workers are debating if the new OSHA rules are workable.

Issued on April 1, the new “Vertical Standard” rules are designed to create safer working conditions for aerial lift workers and other employees in booms – basically, anyone who is elevated above the ground in their job.OSHA

The Tree Care Industry Association was at the special OSHA meeting, because two specific areas of the new law hold great interest: the use of chain saws and fall protection in an aerial lift.

For chain saw use, the new rule prohibits drop starting a chain saw from an aerial lift bucket. The updated rule is in line with Logging Standards, but the tree care industry usually doesn’t follow typical logging rules.

Also, OSHA made a final rule for the 1926 Subpart M requirements. This fall protection update requires workers to use a body belt in a “work restraint” system preventing any fall, or to use a full body harness and lanyard that restricts “free fall” to six feet or less and is fixed to prevent contact with any lower level. Because tree trimmers spend time above power lines and conductors, the new law should prevent injuries and fatalities.

The Vertical Standards can be challenged for up to 60 days from issue by a Petition for Review in the US Court of Appeals. Expect more debate on these new OSHA rules – and stay tuned to our blog to receive further updates.

The new OSHA guidelines on chain saw use and fall protection are a great example of how you and your company need to stay current on ever-changing standards. And at, our main focus is to stay one step ahead of OSHA. It’s hard enough just running a business – you don’t need the hassle or headaches involved with boring paperwork and the like.

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Three Frogs Real Estate Leaps over Safety Standards, Resulting in Worker’s Death

A San Diego-area real estate company called “Three Frogs” violated workplace safety standards which ultimately caused the death of a construction worker.

Three Frogs is involved in “flipping,” a popular way to fix and sell older or run-down homes for a profit. But as investigators explained, the hunger for profit sometimes mean companies cut corners on safety.

Tree-trimmer Joshua Pudsey used an aerial lift to trim a 60 foot eucalyptus tree in November 2013. Mr. Pudsey suffered a fatal blow from a large tree branch, which fell on his head. Inspectors believe that Mr. Pudsey lacked formal qualification and proper training. Aerial Lift Accident

Company President David Scot Wolf, 48, Chief Operating Officer John Murphy, 36, and Chief Financial Officer Jonathan D. Cox, 34, recently appeared in a San Diego court. All three entered not guilty pleas.

Mr. Pudsey’s mother, Debbi Anderson, told reporters, “They cut corners and they saved a couple of pennies, but….I can tell you, that it’s costing them a hell of a lot more now than it would have had they hired a professional to trim that tree.”

If the three executives are found guilty of all charges, the combined sentencing would be 15 years, 10 months – six and half years for Mr. Wolf alone.

Safety in the workplace is more important than ever. Ignoring OSHA guidelines and other safety programs is not only dangerous for workers – improper safety techniques can also result in large fines, lawsuits and other negative results. At, our focus is all about safety. Our fall protection, aerial lift & scissor lift classes are the best in the business. With a flexible online format, many companies rely on CMO for their entire industrial equipment safety programs.

To solidify your company’s safety system, just call (602) 277-0615 or visit our contact page. Our team can help you select & schedule any class you need. As this blog shows, safety violations are costly and life-changing. Don’t’ take any chances with workplace safety. Violations are not only costly – they can be deadly. Contact us today.

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