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.

Give us a ring at (602) 277-0615, or go to our contact page for more information on CMO. We’re ready to keep your business OSHA compliant today!

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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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World’s Largest Self-Propelled Boom Lift Launched by JLG

Imagine being on the 19th story of an office building, looking out the window to the street below. Long ways down, isn’t it? Now imagine yourself on the other side of the window on a 3 ft. x 5 ft. platform, repairing the outside of the building. Now it’s really a long way down! Welcome to the world of the boom lift worker.

People have been working at height since they began building tall structures. In the old days, they did it with ladders and scaffolding. These days, companies have a wide variety of aerial lifts to choose from. These remarkable tools improve safety and productivity on the job. One of the most popular types is the boom lift.

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What Is a Boom Lift?

A boom lift is used to lift workers high into the air to perform jobs that used to require scaffolding or extendable ladders. The main advantage of boom lifts is they can move vertically and horizontally. This allows workers to reach a much wider area when on the lift.

There are two basic types of boom lifts. One is called a telescopic boom lift because it has straight arms. The other is called an articulating boom lift because its arms can bend.  Both types make it easier to access hard-to-reach areas, and they offer more flexibility than scissor lifts, which can only go straight up and down.

Another feature of boom lifts is they can go much higher than scissor lifts. In fact, they can put workers twice as high as scissor lifts. This makes them the better choice for many types of jobs, such as construction and building façade work. Other common uses include working on power plants, large warehousing projects, and architectural glazing. Boom lifts are also good for cladding, a process in which workers apply one material over another to create a skin or layer.

What Is the Biggest Boom Lift? Here’s a Closer Look

In the early days of aerial lifts, boom lifts didn’t go very high. For a long time, 50 or 60 ft. was about as high as they could go. Then the materials, technology, and production methods got better. So did safety equipment and practices. Soon, boom lifts were exceeding heights of 100 ft.

These days, the largest boom lifts can reach close to 200 ft. – almost as tall as a 20-story building. This has extended their use and led to increased demand for tall boom lifts.

The Biggest Boom Lift: the JLG 1850SJWorld’s Largest Self-Propelled Boom Lift Launched by JLG

The biggest boom lift is the JLG 1850SJ Ultra Series Telescopic Boom.  Made by JLG, a global producer of aerial lifts, the 1850SJ is a sight to behold. At full height, it can extend to 185 ft. That’s enough to reach the 19th story of a building. As the biggest JLG lift, the 1850SJ also has a horizontal outreach of 80 ft. All told, the lift has nearly 3 million cu. ft. of reachable space.

What Does the World’s Largest Boom Lift Offer?

The 1850SJ has more to offer than just being the largest boom lift. With a max load of 1,000 lbs., the boom lift can hold more people, tools, and cargo than other lifts. The 1850SJ also has faster cycle speeds than other boom lifts. As a result, the boom can extend from the ground to full height in less than five minutes. That is slow enough to transport workers safely, but fast enough to save time on the job.

Other features include a telescopic jib that extends and retracts, and an state-of-the-art LCD platform display. The display shows the operator’s position in the work envelope. This aids in positioning the lift. It also displays engine status, fuel levels, service codes, and other messages to assist with operations and troubleshooting.

Let’s not forget about the 1850SJ’s turbo diesel engine, either. This engine delivers up to 99.8 hp, so operators should have no trouble maximizing lift performance.

In terms of jobsite maneuverability, the 1850SJ offers stand four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. Also, the 1850SJ includes axles that can retract or extend in under a minute. If you need to transport the 1850SJ to and from a worksite, only a weight permit is required, too.

Put it all together – the height, large work envelope, telescopic jib, and advanced features – and you get unprecedented access to jobsites nearly 200 ft. in the air. You also get a powerful tool for improving productivity on the jobsite.

How Does the 1850SJ Stack Up Against Other JLG Boom Lifts?

In addition to the 1850SJ, JLG offers a wide range of engine-powered boom lifts, including several articulating and telescopic options.

JLG’s articulating boom lifts are capable of reaching platform heights up to 150 ft. They are designed for easy positioning and include a versatile jib that enables aerial lift operators to seamlessly move up and over obstacles.

Comparatively, JLG’s telescopic boom lifts have a straight boom to maximize horizontal reach. They come in platform heights that range from 40 ft. to 185 ft. and offer platform capacities up to 1,000 lbs.

When deciding between the 1850SJ and other JLG boom lift options, it helps to consider how you will use the lift. In doing so, you can determine which JLG boom lift can help you achieve your desired results – safely and efficiently.

Want Online Safety Training for a JLG Boom Lift? Can Help

As you can see, aerial lifts can get HUGE. If your job requires you to use large lifts, is the only online training course you need. CMO offers a broad range of aerial lift, scissor lift and fall protection classes, along with other safety training. Our goal is to ensure OSHA compliance whether you’re on a small scissor lift or the biggest JLG lift.

One of the best parts about CMO training is it takes place on your schedule. Workers can complete our training courses from any location, at any time, and all they need is an internet connection. It only takes about an hour to complete our training, and workers can print their certification card as soon as they complete it.

Please call (602) 277-0615 or visit our contact page for more information about our aerial lift safety training program.