The unsung tree heroes of 3 Alarm Tree Rescue

Around three years ago, Hancock and friend Nate Boyd were working full time as firefighters. With years of tree care experience under his belt and a strong desire to start his own business, Hancock convinced Boyd they should start a tree care business together.

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Be prepared — create a disaster recovery plan

Hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, flooding — the list goes on. Depending on your location and climate, a disaster recovery plan is something that you may need to consider for your tree care business and for your customers. After all, being prepared will help keep your business operational so you can in turn help those who need it.

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Spring training for your tree care crew

The owner or employer is ultimately responsible for providing the education and training their team needs to be safe, productive and successful. The employer has a vested interest in giving employees an opportunity to learn and develop new skills, because it leads to a safe and productive work environment. And what owner doesn’t want that?

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Jobsite briefings should include severe weather safety

Severe weather can pop up quickly, especially in the hot and humid summer months. If you live in a region that is prone to lightning strikes, tornadoes, hurricanes or extreme temperatures, you should make a severe weather plan and review it during each jobsite safety meeting.

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Tree care company jobsite briefing

4 steps to creating a safer, more efficient jobsite

The best way to make sure the whole crew is on the same page is to conduct a jobsite briefing before the work begins. The entire team should participate in the jobsite walkaround led by the crew supervisor. Use the acronym H.O.P.E. to cover the four basic steps of the jobsite briefing.

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Vermeer Tree Care Equipment

Investing in worker training enhances safety and efficiency

During the 2015 TCI Expo, Vermeer interviewed more than a dozen tree care business owners and asked them about the biggest challenges facing their businesses. Most responded with “finding qualified workers” or “low profit margins.” Investing in training for new and current employees can help tree care business owners overcome both of these obstacles.

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Investing in training for tree care business crews