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                                                         Summer 08

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CAT 262C Skid Steer
with Fecon Mowing Head
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Using Appropriate        Emerald Ash           Crewleader Spotlight -
Hand Signals             Borer Alert           Kirk Yager
Page 6                   Page 22               Page 24

    Policy Notice                                                                                               4
                                                                                                                                                                      LIFELINE    July 08 • Volume 8 • Issue 2
    Focus on Safety
                                                                                                                                                                        Editor                      Bev Emmons
      Appropriate Hand Signals and Backing Vehicles                                                           6
      Accident vs Incident                                                                                    7
                                                                                                                                                                        Contributing                Bill Carney
      Identifying Poison Ivy                                                                                  8                                                         Writers
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jim Craner
      Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections
      Glass Inspection Guidelines
                                                                                                                                                  6                                                 Terry Jobson
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Joe Proko
      Securing an Unsecure Load                                                                              12                                                                                     Ellie Schneider
      Safety Department News                                                                                 13
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    Quick Quiz                                                                                         27-28
                                                                                                                                            22                          Nelson Tree Service, Inc. is an
                                                                                                                                                                        Equal Opportunity Employer.
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      Region 468 discusses the benefits of the CAT
      262C Skid Steer with Fecon Mowing Head

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      Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
      It is the policy of Nelson Tree Service, Inc. and it’s management to work continually toward improving recruitment, employment, development and promotional opportunities for minority group members and women.
      It is the Company’s intent to provide equal opportunity in all areas of its employment practices and to ensure that there be no discrimination against any applicant or employee on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex,
      age, disability, national origin, veteran status, marital status or sexual orientation.
      This policy extends to recruiting and hiring, to working conditions, training programs, use of company facilities, and all other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. As a field employee, complaints may be made
      to your immediate supervisor, (foreperson, general foreperson, supervisor) or Regional manager. As an employee, complaints may be made to your immediate supervisor, department manager or the Vice President of
      Administration & MIS. If you cannot report to your supervisor or manager, or if a complaint you have made has not been promptly addressed, you should call the Vice President of Administration & MIS at 1-800-522-4311.

2     Management will continue to be guided and motivated by this policy, and with the cooperation of all employees, will actively pursue the related goals of equal and affirmative action throughout the Company.
                                   FROM THE PRESIDENT

                                  LOU NEKOLA, PRES E
                                               Suite  d,
                                  14843 Sprague Roa
                                  Strongsville, Ohio 441

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                                                             P O L I C Y N OT I C E

    Harassment & The Workplace
       Nelson Tree is committed to maintaining a work environment free from discrimination and in which employees at all levels can
       devote their full attention and best efforts to the job. Harassment has no place in the work environment. The Company does not
       authorize and will not tolerate any form of harassment based on the following factors: race, sex, national origin, age, disability,
       religion, or any other characteristic that is protected by law. This policy applies to management and non-management employ-
       ees alike, and even to non-employees who harass our employees.

       Examples of “harassment” covered by this policy include offensive language, jokes, or other physical, verbal, written, or pictorial
       conduct relating to the employee’s sex, race, religion, national origin, age, disability, or other factors protected by law that would
       make a reasonable person experiencing such behavior feel uncomfortable or would interfere with the person’s work performance.

       The examples below are just that— examples. It is impossible to list every type of behavior that can be considered harassment
       in violation of this policy. In general, any conduct based on these traits that could interfere with an individual’s work performance
       or could create an offensive environment will be considered harassment in violation of this policy. This is the case even if the
       offending employee did not mean to be offensive. It is essential that employees be sensitive to the feelings of others.

    Sexual Harassment                                                      Reporting Harassment
    Sexual harassment (whether opposite-sex or same-sex) is strictly       The Company cannot resolve matters that it does not know about.
    prohibited. Some examples of the types of behavior that are            Every employee has a duty to immediately report harassment
    considered sexual harassment in violation of this policy include:      so that the Company can try to resolve the situation. You should
    sexually offensive jokes or comments; physical assaults or other       report harassment when you feel that you have been harassed or
    touching that is sexual in nature; promising favorable treatment       when you have seen someone else being harassed. This is true
    or threatening unfavorable treatment based on the employee’s           whether the alleged harasser is an employee, a supervisor or
    response to sexual demands; displays of sexually oriented              manager, or even a non-employee, such as a customer or vendor
    reading materials or pictures, including electronic materials; or      with whom the Company does business.
    punishing an employee for complaining of sexual harassment.
                                                                           To report harassment, contact your immediate supervisor
    Harassment Based on Gender, Race,                                      (foreperson, general foreperson, or supervisor) or your regional
    National Origin, Age, Disability or Religion                           manager. If the harassment involves one of these individuals, call
    Harassment based on these traits deserves special mention and          the Executive Director, Administration at 1-800-522-4311. These
    is strictly prohibited. Some examples of the types of behavior         individuals have been trained to respond appropriately to reports
    that will be considered harassment, in addition to the examples        of harassment.
    stated above, based on these characteristics include: jokes
    or negative comments about these characteristics; displays of
                                                                           Once your report has been received, the Company will conduct a
    reading materials or pictures containing negative material about
                                                                           prompt and thorough investigation; discuss the results with the
    these characteristics, including electronic materials; vandalism or
                                                                           complaining employee and, where appropriate, the action to be
    “pranks” based on these characteristics; name-calling based on
                                                                           taken; keep the investigation and results as confidential as pos-
    these characteristics; or punishing an employee for complaining
                                                                           sible; and if the complaint is verified, take appropriate corrective
    of these types of harassment.
                                                                           action, up through and including termination of the harasser. No
    This policy cannot identify every behavior or conduct that might       employee will be punished for bringing a report of harassment to
    be proscribed by this policy. Therefore, if you are uncertain as       the Company’s attention or for cooperating in an investigation.
    to whether certain acts violate this policy, you should report the
    matter nonetheless.

                                                              P O L I C Y N OT I C E

“Safety and Professionalism … It’s the Basics,” is more than                In addition to inappropriate written or visual material,
just a tag line. The safety programs developed and imple-                   the things we say to each other can create a hostile work
mented at Nelson Tree have made us the safest line clear-                   environment. For example,
ance contractor in the industry. In exploring what it means                 • Swearing, foul language               • Racy stories
to be a professional organization, we’ve gone beyond the
focus of safety and have developed a solid understanding of                 • Jokes                                 • Practical jokes
the characteristics that exemplify professional conduct. We                 • Comments
demonstrate this in the way we dress; the way we conduct
ourselves with co-workers, customers, and property owners;                  • Any other potentially objectionable conduct directed
and the level of pride we show in our work. Nelson continues                  at or to a person on account of his or her gender, race,
to raise the bar by which all utility contractors are judged.                 color, age, religion, disability, ancestry, national origin,
As a company, we will never be content with what is…we will                   sexual orientation, or any other trait or characteristic
always strive to make ourselves the very best we can be.                      protected by law

In our continuing effort to ensure professionalism in all aspects           These types of materials and behaviors are inappropriate, violate
of our work and interactions with each other and the public, the            Nelson’s Anti-Harassment Policy, and will not be tolerated at
prevention of “harassment” in the workplace remains an important            any Nelson work site. Employees engaging in such behaviors or
part of these efforts. Harassment can result from unwelcome sexual          otherwise violating Nelson’s Anti-Harassment Policy are subject
advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct         to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
of a sexual nature, the submission to which is made a term or
                                                                            Nelson Tree management is committed to enforcement of its
condition of employment or is a basis for an employment decision.
                                                                            Anti-Harassment Policies and to ensuring that every Nelson
This is known as quid pro quo harassment. Additionally, harassment
                                                                            employee has the opportunity to work in a respectful and dignified
can arise from the creation of a hostile work environment.
                                                                            environment free from any type of harassment or discrimination.
A hostile work environment can be created by any type of inappro-           Employees with questions or concerns about Nelson’s Anti-
priate conduct and/or materials in the work place or by any con-            Harassment Policy are encouraged to immediately address their
duct directed at a person on account of their gender, race, color,          concern to management.
age, religion, disability, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation,
                                                                            Be respectful of your co-workers. If you’re in doubt as to what
or any other trait or characteristic protected by law. Such con-
                                                                            constitutes inappropriate material or behavior, ask yourself if you
duct or material could include, but is not limited to photographs,
                                                                            would be comfortable having your daughter, son, mother or spouse
magazines, or other printed or electronic material containing or ac-
                                                                            or significant other treated in a similar manner. If you have to stop
cessing pictures of partially or scantily clad or provocatively posed
                                                                            and think about the answer, reconsider.
men or women. Whether it’s a magazine in a truck, an image on a
cell phone or computer monitor, or a dirty joke forwarded through           Always remember what is at stake. Every decision you make has
email, these materials do not belong in the workplace.                      the power to make or break our professional image and end your
                                                                            career at Nelson Tree. It only takes one incident to tarnish the
All regions monitor compliance very closely. All inspectors, safety
                                                                            reputation we’ve all worked so hard to establish.
staff, and management are required to confiscate any objection-
able materials and employees are subject to disciplinary action,            For more specific information on this subject, you are encour-
up to and including termination, for possession of inappropriate            aged to review our Harassment Policy on our website or in
materials at a Nelson work site or facility, which includes the pull-       the Personnel Handbook and/or contact your GF, Supervisor,
out, a utility office or property, the job site, any Nelson vehicle or      Regional Manager or Jo Ann Swank, Executive Director, Adminis-
equipment, etc. before, after, or during working hours, including           tration, in Dayton at 800-522-4311.
during lunch or other breaks.
                                                              FOCUS ON SAFETY

       Using Appropriate Hand Signals and
       Backing Vehicles
       by Jim Craner, Safety Director

       W       hile backing up a vehicle sounds
               like a simple action, and is one that
       a driver performs without incident many
                                                                                   to properly and safely backing a vehicle
                                                                                   Good communication between the
                                                                                   spotter and driver by way of hand signals
       times, it is actually one of the most risky                                 is required to safely and accurately back
       activities a driver can perform Each year                                   a truck
       we have a significant amount of property                                        Every backing incident is 100% prevent-
       damage and damaged chippers from                                            able The following policy and techniques
       drivers backing into objects and from                                       will minimize the potential for backing in-
       jack knifing However, when the object is a coworker,           cidents, and with practice will become habit and greatly
       customer, child, or any other person, a bad situation          reduce your chance of having a serious incident
       can become disastrous
          Backing is a special driving skill, which comes
       with practice Additionally, a “spotter” is crucial             Over 100 children, most between the ages of 1- 4, are killed each
                                                                      year by backing vehicles. Always think twice before backing.

Proper Hand Signaling is Essential to Vehicle Backing

 Straight back                                Back and left                             Back and right     Stop

       Accident or Incident:
       Choosing the Right Word Makes a Difference
       by Terry Jobson, Corporate Safety Specialist

       T    he Nelson Tree Safety Department is encouraging employees to rethink their
            understanding of the words “accident” and “incident ” While on the surface these
       two words appear to be similar in meaning and are often used interchangeably, in
       actuality, their meanings are vastly different
          Safety people see “accidents” as bad things that happen that are completely unpredictable, and because they
       are unpredictable they are also unpreventable An example of an “accident” would be a person who is walking
       down the street on a bright, sunny, cloudless day is suddenly, out of nowhere, struck by lightning Without some
  6    indication of the possibility of bad weather, this person had no way to prepare for or prevent the “accident ”
                                                  FOCUS ON SAFETY

                                        NELSON TREE SERVICE BACKING POLICY
    It is NOW mandatory that a spotter shall be used whenever a vehicle is being backed-up, regardless of a chipper or
    trailer being attached. This requirement is for multi-person crews in which the second employee shall always assist the
    driver in backing-up the vehicle.
        Additionally, when the crew is a single person, extra caution shall be used to ensure the backing operation is safe –
    scan all sides and if needed, safely exit the vehicle to better scan the parking location, and then slowly back into it.
    After parking the vehicle, a cone should be placed at the rear of the vehicle and a 360° walk-around shall be
    conducted before backing out of the parking space.
    Effective immediately the following policy regarding the backing of vehicles will apply:
    • Before backing a vehicle, make sure the way is clear!   • Under no circumstances shall the driver allow the
       This will require a visual inspection and may require     vehicle to move unless he/she is in visual contact of
       a physical walk-around by the driver.                     the spotter in the rear-view mirrors.
    • The driver and spotter shall have agreed upon               • In the event the driver loses sight of the spotter, STOP
      communication signals, verbal and hand. In addition,          THE VEHICLE IMMEDIATELY. Do not move the vehicle
      they will have mutual understanding regarding the             until the driver has regained sight of the spotter.
      vehicle’s route.                                            • If the spotter is required to reposition, the driver must
    • Never back without help unless working alone!                 stop the vehicle until the spotter is visible in a rear-
    • The spotter must be aware of the surroundings                 view mirror and the driver is aware of the change in
      and note possible tripping or other hazards                   spotter’s position. There will be no back and forth
      prior to backing.                                             movement by spotter while the vehicle is in motion.
    • The spotter should maintain as much distance as             • When connecting a chipper, the driver should place
      possible from the rear of the backing vehicle providing       the vehicle transmission in neutral before the spotter
      enough distance to escape in case of a trip or fall.          goes behind the truck to connect the chipper.

       One last note about backing vehicles; decision driving trains us to “park to avoid backing.” While this is not always
    possible, backing into a parking location is always safer than backing out. Drivers should always try to park in a way
    that allows the first motion to be a forward motion. Also, making a 360° check around the vehicle is always a good
    habit, whether in a company or personal vehicle, on the job or off.

   “Incidents,” on the other hand, are considered                 choice in preventing an “accident,” they always have
things that we know could happen but fail to take                 the power to prevent an “incident ” By instilling in our
the necessary steps to prevent their occurrence An                employees that they are in control of the circumstanc-
example of an “incident” would be when we know that               es surrounding an incident, their chances of being
something could fall from above and hit us on the                 involved in one can be eliminated
head, yet we fail to wear a hardhat Or, we know that                 Before starting any job, ask yourself, “What is it I
the potential for electric shock exists, yet we fail to           am about to do?” “How can I get hurt?” “What steps
maintain minimum separation or prune with non-                    do I need to take to prevent an injury?” Always think
conductive tools                                                  about the serious potential for injury on the job and
   However, the Safety Department’s goal is not to get            follow the Nelson Tree safety procedures that you have
employees to choose the right word when referring to              been taught
a situation, our real ambition is to create an aware-                Remember, all incidents (and injuries) are prevent-
ness in our employees that while they may not have a              able, accidents aren’t                                        7
                                                  FOCUS ON SAFETY

    Don’t Get Caught Red Handed
    by Ellie Schneider, Claims Manager

    T    o protect the gold leaf on the Golden
         Temple in Kyoto, Japan, the Japanese
    painted it with a hard lacquer called urushi
                                                                             and marshy areas This deciduous plant
                                                                             has alternate leaves with 7 to 13 leaflets
                                                                             per stem with one leaflet at the end of
    (ooh-roo-she) This lacquer was derived                                   the stem The smooth leaves vary in
    from urushiol, the poisonous oil found in                                length from 5" to 15" The leaf stalk is
    plants such as poison ivy, poison oak and                                mostly reddish or gray in color Poison
    poison sumac Anyone attempting to steal                                  sumac leaves become orange and scarlet
    the gold leaf would come into contact with                               in the fall and produce flowers and fruit
    the poisonous oil and the culprit could later be identi-   in the spring and summer The flowers are yellowish-
    fied by their red (and itchy) hands In short, the thief    green and the fruit is usually white or pale yellow
    would be caught “red handed!”
                                                                  The poisonous oil, urushiol, is in the sap of these
       A great first step to avoid coming into contact with
                                                               plants and oozes from any cut or crushed part of the
    urushiol (besides resisting the urge to steal the gold
                                                               plant, including the roots, stems and leaves After
    leaf off of the Golden Temple if you’re ever in Kyoto,
                                                               exposure to air, urushiol turns brownish-black Dam-
    Japan) is to be able to identify the plants that contain
                                                               aged leaves look like they have spots of black enamel
    this poisonous oil

    What does Poison Ivy look like?                            Poison ivy can grow
                                                               as ground cover, as
       A poison ivy leaf is made up of three leaflets The      a vine or as a shrub
    leaflets can be 2" to 4" long and can have a dull
    or glossy green finish The poison ivy leaflets
    usually have pointed tips and the middle
    leaflet is usually the largest of the three

    What does Poison Oak look like?
       Poison oak leaves are composed of
    three leaflets and can be glossy or a bit
    hairy, and average 1" to 4" in length
    Leaf edges can be either lobed or
    toothed In the spring, the leaves of
    young plants are shiny red, turning
    to shiny green as they mature During
                                                                                paint making it easier to recognize and
    spring, poison oak yields small clusters
                                                                                identify the plant
    of greenish-white flowers The fruits
                                                                                   Each year 10 to 50 million Americans
    are formed in the late summer, and
                                                                              develop an allergic rash after coming into
    are white and green resembling berries
                                                                             contact with these poisonous plants A
    In the fall, poison oak foliage changes
                                                                            patch of unnoticed poison ivy, sumac or oak
    from green to orange and red Poison
                                                                          can cause an entire crew to seek medical at-
    oak is a deciduous, woody plant that
                                                                        tention Some experts say that between 3% and
    loses its leaves in the winter
                                                                         15% of the population is immune to urushiol
    What does Poison Sumac look like?                                    However, even they will get a rash if exposed
       Poison sumac most commonly grows                                  to the plants enough
    as a shrub or tree usually in damp, cool
                                                                            promptly with detergent in a washing machine,
                                                                            if possible Handle contaminated clothes carefully
                                                                            so that you don’t transfer the urushiol to furniture,
                                                                            rugs or appliances It is also best to wash these items
                                                                            separately Remember to wash down your shoes and
                                                                            shoelaces If you can’t wash your clothing immediate-
                                                                            ly, use a plastic bag to keep them sealed and away
                                                                            from other items

Poison oak leaves are divided into 3 leaflets with scalloped, toothed,     If you do have the misfortune of experiencing a rash
or lobed edges - generally resembling the leaves of a true oak.
                                                                         breakout, report it to your supervisor right away
Contact with urushiol occurs in three ways:                              Treatment
• Direct contact – touching the sap of the toxic plant                   There are many inexpensive
• Indirect contact – touching something that carries                     creams and ointments
  the oil from the plants, such as clothing (chaps, tie                  available to treat traditional
  boots laces), tools, animal fur, sports equipment, etc                 breakouts Check with the
• Airborne contact – encountering ashes or smoke                         pharmacist at your local
  from burning plants                                                    drug store for options
                                                                            If symptoms worsen or do
   When urushiol gets on the skin, it begins to penetrate
                                                                         not seem to respond to over-
within 10 to 20 minutes A reaction, which consists of
                                                                         the-counter remedies, pro-
severe itching, redness and swelling, followed by blis-
                                                                         fessional medical treatment
ters, appears usually within 12 to 48 hours About 15%
                                                                         may be necessary In the event
of the 120 million Americans who are allergic to poi-
                                                                         your eyes display symptoms
son ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are so highly
                                                                         by becoming red and swollen,
sensitive that they break out in a rash and begin to swell
                                                                         seek professional medical
in just 4 to 12 hours Their eyes may swell shut and
                                                                         help immediately
blisters may erupt on their skin This is a serious emer-
gency and treatment should be sought immediately                         Poison sumac leaves are composed of 7 – 13 leaflets. The veins from
                                                                         which the leaflets grow are always red. The fruit is a small white or pale
   The rash is usually arranged in streaks or lines                      yellow distinguishing it from other sumacs which have red berries.
where the person brushed against the plant and does
not spread In a few days, the blisters become crusted                        T E S T YO U R P O I S O N I V Y K N OW L E D G E :
and take 10 days or longer to heal However, a rash                           True or False
can last up to five weeks or longer depending on indi-                        1. Poison ivy rash is contagious.
vidual reaction                                                               2. You can catch poison ivy simply by being near the plants.
   While preventing direct contact with the plants is                         3. Leaves of three let them be.
the first step in preventing an outbreak, unfortunately                       4. Do not worry about dead poison ivy, oak or sumac plants.
                                                                              5. Breaking the blisters releases urushiol oil that can spread.
this is not always possible If you must work in an
                                                                              6. I’ve been in poison ivy many times and never broken out.
area where the poisonous plants are present, try these                           I’m immune.
preventative measures:                                                       All of these statements are false.
• Utilize poison ivy wash after coming into contact                           1. You can only spread the rash if the urushiol oil has been left
   with the plant Nelson Tree Service provides this                              on your hands.
                                                                              2. Direct contact is needed to release the urushiol oil.
   product to employees If you don’t have any avail-
                                                                              3. Poison sumac has 7 to 13 leaves on a branch, although
   able, ask your supervisor to get some Use this                                ivy and oak have three leaves per cluster.
   product before eating or using the restroom                                4. Urushiol oil stays active on any surface, including dead
• Clean anything that may be contaminated Wearing                                plants for up to five years.
   long pants, socks, shoes and gloves will help protect                      5. Not true, but your wounds can become infected and you
                                                                                 may make the scarring worse.
   your skin, but be sure to wash your clothing                               6. Not necessarily true. The more times you are exposed to
                                                                                 urushiol, the more likely it is that you’ll have an allergic reaction.
                                                            FOCUS ON SAFETY

     Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections
     by Joe Proko, Safety Specialist, Region 463

     O      ver the past few years, a great deal of                                           The information on these forms must
            attention has been placed on doing                                              be complete, accurate and legible Taking
     a proper pre- and post-trip inspection and                                             shortcuts to complete these forms is un-
     then documenting it on the forms Most                                                  acceptable, for example, not completing
     of this training has focused on the actual                                             the beginning and ending “city & state ”
     inspection of the truck and marking defi-                                              Don’t assume that someone knows where
     cient items It is critical, however, to also                                           you are working When data entry staff
     properly complete the bottom portion of                                                are keypunching the information, they
     the pre- and post-inspection form, which is used to                                    have no way of knowing the state where
     calculate fuel tax data Additionally, these forms and                   you are working Additionally, many employees only
     the information retrieved from them are subject to                      enter the beginning city and state and do not complete
     audits from several agencies                                            the ending city and state In an audit process this would
                                                                             kick out as a significant error
     Figure 1                                                                                         In previous training, it has been
                                                                                                  discussed that the pre- and post-
                                                                                                  inspection form stays with the
                                                                                                  truck, and therefore only one truck
                                                                                                  number per form Two unit num-
                                                                                                  bers on one form is not acceptable
     This demonstrates a crew who works daily on the borders of two states.                       If a foreperson moves to a different
                                                                                                  truck during the week, a new sheet
     Figure 2                                                                                     must be started!
                                                                                                      The beginning and ending
                                                                                                  odometer readings are the key data
                                                                                                  used to calculate mileage data for
                                                                                                  each state Transposed numbers,
                                                                                                  illogical, illegible or missing infor-
     Here is what a typical report would look like for most crews each week.                      mation renders the form useless
                                                                                                      When traveling between states,
     Figure 3
                                                                                                  additional information is required
                                                                                                  to calculate the miles driven in each
                                                                                                  state There is a special section on
                                                                                                  the bottom of the form to use when
                                                                                                  traveling in multiple states
                                                                                                      The proper completion of these
     This represents what an over-the-road tractor trailer may look like.
                                                                                                  reports ensures that Nelson Tree
     Figure 4                                                                                     Service remains in good standing
                                                                                                  with federal officials during audits
                                                                                                  These audits encompass Depart-
                                                                                                  ment of Transportation records
                                                                                                  and tax officials who verify mileage
                                                                                                  records for the states we work in
10   An example demonstrating a unit being transferred to another state.
                                                    FOCUS ON SAFETY

Glass Inspection Guidelines
O      ne of the checklist items on the post-trip inspec-
       tion form is GLASS But what, exactly, are we
looking for when inspecting glass?
                                                              • Any stone chip greater than 3/4" in diameter An
                                                                easy way to make this determination is to hold a
                                                                nickel up to the damaged area If it’s larger than the
   Obviously, broken side windows or rear windows               nickel, mark an X in the box Research shows that
are deficiencies that warrant an X in the check box The         a small stone chip left unrepaired allows moisture to
windshield, however, has a few gray areas that need to          penetrate the glass causing further damage
be clearly defined to conduct an appropriate inspection       • Any two flaws that occur within 3" of each other
   The first thing to determine and consider when
                                                                 A glass shop can repair many of these items There
inspecting the windshield is the “field of vision ” The
                                                              are kits available at parts stores to repair cracks, but
field of vision is the area above the steering wheel, ex-
                                                              these kits are not recommended Experience has
tending out to 1" from the sides and 2" from the top
                                                              proven these to be ineffective, and can even lead to
(See diagram below)
                                                              greater damage Professional glass shops have the
  Many factors must be taken into consideration when
                                                              necessary equipment to successfully repair chips and
inspecting the windshield and determining what war-
                                                              small cracks for a fraction of the cost of a windshield
rants a deficiency If any of the following conditions
                                                              replacement This is a good incentive to correct the
exist, mark an X in the check box, and immediately
                                                              problem when it arises, versus letting it go and having
schedule a windshield repair or replacement
                                                              to replace the windshield in the future
• Any flaw, of any size, in the field of vision
                                                                 You can minimize windshield damage by not fol-
• Any crack greater than 6" outside the field of vision       lowing traffic too closely, especially dump trucks and
• Any crack that runs the full length of the windshield       salt trucks Also, while on the job site, allow enough
  either horizontally or vertically                           clearance to prevent limbs from springing into windows

                             2" from top of glass

                                                                                                      1" from sides

                                                     field of vision

                                                                              Above steering wheel

                                                       FOCUS ON SAFETY

     Securing an Unsecured Load
     by Bill Carney, Corporate Compliance Specialist                               • Properly store signs and sign stands

     T     he definition of an “unsecured load”                                    • Do not store cones on the chipper:
           is often left to the discretion of the                                    cones should be properly stowed Most
     law enforcement officer inspecting the                                          units at Nelson Tree are now equipped
     truck Some violations are warranted                                             with cone holders on the front bumper
     while others push the outer limits of the                                     • Properly place and strap down bucket
     scope of the law Often, Nelson Tree ex-                                         covers Do not leave items such as
     periences unsecured load violations from                                        handsaws in the basket when traveling
     extremely zealous officers, who can legally
                                                                                   • Tie down ladders
     interpret wood chips lying on a bumper or chipper
     tongue as an unsecured load                                     • Place daily trash in a bag and store in a bin
        While wood chips lying on a bumper can deliver a             • Never use the platform area of an aerial unit to
     ticket, there are other important safety concerns sur-            stow items
     rounding secured load issues For instance, we often             • Ensure that hydraulic tools stored on the boom with
     discuss debris issues with sign boxes Utilizing the               a tool holder are snapped in and secure
     open box areas on the chip box as a place to toss trash
                                                                     • Store outrigger pads in their designated area and
     is a bad habit that needs correcting There have been
                                                                       properly affix the security chains
     many instances where these boxes are found to con-
     tain discarded soda cans, cigarette packs and a variety            And finally, to satisfy those officers who follow the
     of items that can blow out as the truck rolls down the          letter of the law, take a minute to brush chips from
     highway Not only is this practice illegal, it is also a         the bumper or chipper tongue!
     hazard for other motorists: A soda can that blows out              Following these simple guidelines will go a long
     into 55-mph traffic delivers quite a shock to the driver        way towards ensuring the safety of the motorists
     whose windshield it hits! The bottom line is this;              we share the highway with and preventing
     regardless of size, if it can fall off or be blown off, it is   unsecured load tickets
     considered “unsecured ”
        To eliminate tickets and other unsecured load issues,
     follow these guidelines before moving the truck:
     • Do not overfill the chip box to
       the point that chips are
       falling out

                                                                 FOCUS ON SAFETY

Safety Department News
Introducing … Craig Hofmeister
Regional Safety Specialist,
Region 466
                                                                                  Introducing …
                                             I   started in the line clearance
                                                 industry in August of 1985 as
                                             a groundsman and worked my           Nathan Hause,
                                             way up to crewleader.
                                               In 1995, I came to work for        Safety Specialist,
                                             Nelson Tree as a journeyman
                                             trimmer and was promoted to          Region 472
                                                                                  “I appreciate the opportunity to
                                             crewleader soon thereafter. I
                                             became a general foreman in the      try and make a difference and I
                                             East St. Louis and Alton, Illinois
                                             area in 1996.
                                                                                  hope I don’t let anyone down!”
                                               As a general foreman, I’ve faced
                                             many challenges over the years
                                             and have tried to keep up with
                                             the ever-changing field of line
                                                                                  I    started with Nelson Tree Service in June of 2001 working as a crew-
                                                                                       leader on Public Service Electric & Gas property in region 463. I had
                                                                                  actually gotten my first taste of tree trimming right out of high school
                                             clearance tree trimming.             when I went to work for Bartlett Tree Service doing residential work. But I
                                               Recently, under the leadership     had dreams of moving to the Pacific Northwest to pursue my passion for
                                             of Don Cox, I was promoted to        snowboarding. I told my long-time girlfriend, Heather, who I’d grown up
regional safety specialist for region 466. In my new position, with the help      with, what I wanted to do and we ended up moving out there together.
and support of fellow region 466 safety specialist, Jeff Sachs, and all region    We just packed up everything and headed to the mountains!
466 employees, I hope to play a key role in creating an even safer work                 We’d been living in Washington state, where I worked as an over-
environment each and every day. As the saying goes, “A good day at Nelson         the-road truck driver (when I wasn’t hiking the peaks and snowboarding
Tree is one where everyone goes home safely.”                                     in the back country), when Heather and I decided to get married and
                                                                                  return to our hometown in Pennsylvania to start a family.
                                                                                        I considered myself very fortunate to find a job with Nelson Tree. Here
                                                                                  was an opportunity for us to establish our lives on the east coast and
“I appreciate the opportunity to try and                                          provide security for our family, which had grown with the birth of our son,
                                                                                  Stanley. This good fortune continued when, in March of this year, I applied
make a difference and I hope I don’t let                                          for and was selected to become regional safety specialist for region 472.
                                                                                        Since becoming an RSS, I’ve learned something new every day. It’s
anyone down!”                                                                     been a crash course, but I’m really starting to get a grasp of what’s go-
                                                                                  ing on and I’m enjoying myself. Sometimes you make mistakes, but you
    I currently reside in St. Clair, Missouri, with my wife, Leigh Ann, our two   keep on going. Everyone that I’ve met has been helpful and I’m getting
daughters, Liz (17) and Ellyce (3), and our son, Gavin (7).                       a lot of support from the other regions. At our recent safety specialist
    In my spare time (if there is any), I like to hunt and fish with Gavin and    meeting in Columbus, Ohio, I met a lot of my fellow RSS staff and every-
friends and spend time with the family at the lake.                               one went out of their way to help me.
                                                                                        Our region is rather large, but I’m
                                                                                  looking forward to meeting as many
                                                                                  employees that I can face-to-face.
                                                                                  Last week, we had some storms move
      Bud Carpenter Returns to                                                    through in North Jersey and I was able
                                                                                  to spend a couple of days in the field
      Safety Department                                                           with the guys helping them out. I was
                                                                                  grateful for the opportunity to work

      R    egion 461 is pleased to announce that
           Bud Carpenter has returned to the
      Regional Safety Specialist position! Bud’s
                                                                                  with them one-on-one.
                                                                                        Outside of Nelson Tree, my wife
                                                                                  and son come first. Heather and I
                                                                                  have been together for 14 years            Nathan and Heather’s son Stanley
      extensive knowledge of all aspects of Nelson                                now and Stanley is two-years-old.          appears to be a potential future
      Tree Service operations and his positive                                    If I do find myself with extra time on
                                                                                                                             Nelson RSS!
                                                                                  my hands, I’ll spend it tinkering on
      attitude are an asset to the region                                         a custom motorcycle. I’ve built three bikes so far, and am working on
                                                                                  another one. And I still manage to fit in some snowboarding during
                                                                                  the winter!                                                                     13
     Featured Utility

     Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities

     From left: LG&E Foresters Robert Arrington, Bill Wheeler,     KU Forester, Brad Smith      From left: Nelson Tree Supervisor, Troy Mason, and Nelson Tree
     Tammy Eifert and Jim Mathews                                                               General Foremen Bob Bradbury, Earl Trent and James Barnes

     L   ouisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) serves the city
         of Louisville and 16 surrounding counties Based
     in Louisville, Kentucky, the utility provides electric
                                                                                         “We are currently operating 25 crews in Bullet,
                                                                                      Jefferson, Nelson, Meade, Harden, LaRue, and Spencer
                                                                                      counties,” shared Troy “We also have a few crews work-
     service to over 380,000 customers within a service area                          ing in Brackenridge, Grayson, and Olduam counties ”
     that covers approximately 700 square miles                                          Troy works with LG&E utility foresters Bill Wheeler,
        Kentucky Utilities (KU) is headquartered in Lexing-                           Jim Matthews, Robert Arrington, Tammy Eifort, and
     ton, Kentucky, and serves customers in 77 Kentucky                               KU forester Brad Smith Their direction, coupled with
     counties and five Virginia counties In Kentucky, KU                              the support of Nelson Tree general foremen Earl
     serves over 480,000 customers                                                    Trent, James Barnes, and Robert “Bob” Bradbury
        Both LG&E and KU are members of the E ON                                      ensures vegetation management operations continue
     family of companies                                                              to support reliable electric service to communities
        Nelson Tree Service has been supporting LG&E                                     “Both myself and my general foremen work directly
     with its distribution line clearance operations                                  with the utility foresters when it comes to coordinat-
     since 1988                                                                       ing the work,” explains Troy “I spend most of my time
        Supervisor, Troy Mason, started with Nelson                                   bidding and getting circuit maps Earl, James and Bob
     Tree in 1987 and has been on LG&E property since                                 meet with their foresters to line up work and go over
     the beginning                                                                    circuit maps as well ”

             Earl Trent, General Foreman                                                           James Barnes, General Foreman
                 I’ve been working on LG&E property for 32 years,                                       Like Earl, I’ve been on this utility property for a
             and I’ve been fortunate to spend the past six of those                                long time. I started in this industry and with LG&E in
             years working for Nelson Tree. I have a great group of                                1976. My Nelson Tree history, again like Earl, began six
             guys working for me and I’ve been running the same                                    years ago. There are actually several guys, along with
             crews for over three years now.                                                       Earl and myself, who have been around here for many
                 My crews and I usually work the west end of                                       years. We have a lot of experience here to support
             Louisville, in Jefferson and Bullet counties. Currently,                              the younger crewleaders. It’s a good arrangement and
             we’re running seven bucket crews and one manual                                       helps us to do what needs to be done.
             crew and we have job planner Ronnie Drake, who                                             We’re currently operating ten crews, five manual
             makes our lives easier.                                                               and five bucket, in Jefferson and Bullet counties: Our
                 Our workflow begins with Troy and Jim Matthews                                    area kind of joins up with Earl’s area. The work is
             getting together and going over the circuit maps. They                                coordinated between Troy and myself and LG&E forest-
             get the maps to me and I coordinate the crews. I usu-                                 ers Jim Matthews and Tammy Eifort. Typically, after Troy
             ally run about two or three circuits at a time to keep                                completes the bidding, Jim and Tammy call me up and
             things trimmed out. I let Jim know when we complete                                   tell me what they need done. I distribute the jobs to
             a circuit and we go from there.                                                       the crews, some of which I have to look at first. Ronnie
14                                                                                                 Drake also helps me out in this area.
Staying Safe in Region 468
   As far as keeping our guys safe on this property, we
follow the Back to Basics 2 and Back to Basics Equip-
ment guidelines Earl, James and Bob perform regular
crew audits and inspections, which give us the oppor-
tunity to observe work habits and determine where we
need to target our training efforts
   In addition, we participate in the LG&E Passport
training This required eight-hour training takes place
every year during January and everyone is involved,
including Safety Director, Jim Craner, and our
Regional Safety Specialist, Anthony Herrera

                                                                                  From left: Owen Montgomery and Mike Blankenship
                                                                                   practice aerial tree rescue in a recent training day.

   Robert “Bob” Bradbury, General Foreman
        Right now, I have four manual crews and two bucket
   crews running in Nelson and LaRue counties. We’re look-
   ing at starting a spray crew very soon. Our territory pretty
   much covers all of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The area is
   very rural and we spend most of our time working out in
   the country.                                                   “We recently had a safety inspection and
        I work with KU forester, Brad Smith. When I’m ready
   for another circuit or two, I call Brad and we meet. He        everyone has improved since last year. I’d like
   gives me the new circuits and I turn in the completed
   ones. I pass the new circuits on to my crews and we get        to recognize my General Foremen for taking
   it all done. And the cycle starts over again!
        I’ve been in line clearance since 1979 and with           the initiative to get this done. It makes my job
   Nelson Tree since 2003. I’m glad that Troy and our area
   manager, John Reis, gave me the opportunity to take a
                                                                  a lot easier!”
   shot at being a GF. I hope to do a good job for them.          Troy Mason, Supervisor

                                                              NEWS FROM THE FIELD

     News From Region 463
     Submitted by John Kellar, Supervisor

     R       ecently, region 463 general foremen Joe Proko and Joe Buzzell
             took part in a weeklong tree-felling seminar held in Florida.
         After completing the training, both men returned to conduct a
                                                                                      Region 463 is continuously looking at new options for growth
                                                                                   and also maintaining the standards that we’ve already achieved.

     two-day class of their own for Nelson Tree general foremen in New             Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.
     York and Pennsylvania. These general foremen will then pass the
                                                                                         egion 463 is pleased to announce that Nelson Tree Service
     training on to their crewleaders out in the field.
                                                                                         has started working on Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.
         All of the general foremen from region 463 have shared positive
                                                                                   property in up-state New York. We are currently operating crews on
     feedback regarding the training and everyone has acquired and
                                                                                   a hazard tree removal program.
     applied new skills in tree felling. Initially, there was some uncertainty
     among the more experienced general foremen that they would learn                “We’re looking forward to a long-term relationship
     anything helpful. However, after the classes they were impressed              with this utility and welcome the new employees in that
     with the information and techniques presented, which could be
                                                                                   area to our region. We are also looking forward to
     applied in the field to make tree felling safer and easier. Please
     give your full attention when you receive this training and give any
                                                                                   adding more crews in the future!”
     feedback you may have to your general foreman.                                                                            John Kellar, Supervisor

     News From Region 466
     Tri-County Electric Cooperative                                               Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative
     N       elson Tree is pleased to have the opportunity to work with
             Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (TCEC). The Cooperative,
     which is headquartered in Mount Vernon,
                                                                                   I n addition to Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Nelson Tree is
                                                                                     fortunate to have the opportunity to work for the first time with
                                                                                   Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative (SIEC).
     Illinois, serves approximately 15,000 mem-            “We appreciate the         SIEC serves over 11,500 member-owners in Alexander, Johnson,
     bers-owners throughout Jefferson, Marion              opportunity to be       Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union Counties in southernmost Illinois
     and Washington counties in Southern Illinois.         working on TCEC         We are currently clearing approximately 14 miles of 161 kV trans-
          The Nelson Tree and TCEC partnership             property and with       mission line for the Cooperative.
     first began in September of 2007. Currently,          the personnel of
     five crews, under the direction of general            this Co-op.”
     foreman, James Harrison, are carrying                 Jeff Sachs,
     out line clearance operations along the               Safety Specialist,
     Cooperative’s 3,121 miles of energized line.          Region 466

                                                                                   From left: Sam Gould, SIEC Transmission Maintenance Supervisor, Matt
                                                                                   Crain, SIEC Transmission Supervisor, Jeff Sachs, Nelson Tree Service Regional
                                                                                   Safety Specialist, Mike Livesay, SIEC Transmission Supervisor, and Don Cox,
                                                                                   Nelson Tree Service Regional Manager

     From left: Gary Chesney, TCEC Superintendent of Operations, Jeff Sachs,
     Nelson Tree Service Regional Safety Specialist, Steve Thomas, TCEC Director
     of Operations, Don Cox, Nelson Tree Service Regional Manager, and Dean
16   Petersen, TCEC Forestry Supervisor
                                                     NEWS FROM THE FIELD

                                                    An active member of the Parkway                 time, Mike’s son, Brad, would follow
 Region 466 Remembers                            Church of the Nazarene in St Clair,                his dad’s lead and work in line clear-
   Michael E. Saling                             Missouri, Mike served as a board mem-              ance for many years
    Mike Saling was born on June 24,             ber and chairman of the building and                   Over the years, Mike had the task
1946 and departed for eternal life on            property committee                                 of training many of the new trimmers
February 19, 2008 after suffering a                 Mike entered into line clearance                that came to the company; a respon-
fatal heart attack Mike was a dedicated          tree trimming in 1965 following in his             sibility he took very seriously He also
husband of 40 years to his beautiful             father’s footsteps and along side of his           served on the Region 466 Safety Com-
wife, Charlene They were blessed with            brothers He worked on Union Electric               mittee where he was instrumental in
three children, Brad 39, Craig 36, Me-           Company property in St Louis, Mis-                 improving the safety of our workers
lissa 34, and one granddaughter, Stevi           souri until 1966 when he was called                    Mike was currently working for
    Growing up, Mike was an accom-               upon by the United States Air Force to             General Foreman, Brian Crowder,
plished athlete earning all conference,          serve his country during the Vietnam               whom he had trained and worked with
all district and all state honors in bas-        era He was honorably discharged on                 for eight years
ketball and track His love of basketball         February 3, 1970 and returned to line                  Mike was respected and looked up
never ended and he refereed until 2007           clearance and Union Electric Company               to by his co-workers and everyone who
Mike was a charter member of the St              property where he would spend the                  knew him He will be missed greatly by
Clair Sports Boosters Hall of Fame               next 39 years of his career During that            all who knew him

Region 466 Safety Committee                                              Region 472 Arbor Day Celebration
T       he Region 466 Safety Committee continues its efforts to
        promote safety throughout the region.
   Currently, committee members are:
	 •	 Ensuring	continued	compliance	with	the	Written	Safety	Program.
	 •	 Evaluating	Safety	Behavior	Analysis	reports.
	 •	 Analyzing	recent	incidents	in	the	region	to	develop	action	plans	
     on preventing a similar incident in the future.
	 •	 Reviewing	general	foreman	Performance	Notices	for	the	month	
     to insure proper compliance and policies are being followed.
	 •	 Reviewing	Motorist	Observation	Reports	stemming	from	the	
     driving decals on our units. We check for repeat offenders or
     signs of trends.
   The diversity of the committee, with representation from the          From left: PSE&G Division Forester Tony Silvia, Nelson Tree Manager Bob
crewleader’s viewpoint, provides valuable insight in formulating ac-     Turner, PSE&G Division Forester Mike Kozlowski, volunteer Ewa Wolowicz,
                                                                         PSE&G Manager, Vegetation Management Rich Wolowicz, and PSE&G For-
tion plans to address issues.
                                                                         estry Technician Amanda Smith

                                                                         T    o commemorate Arbor Day, Nelson Tree Service Manager, Bob
                                                                              Turner Jr., in partnership with employees of PSE&G, assisted
                                                                         volunteers with the planting of over 170 trees at East Brunswick’s
                                                                         new Heavenly Farms Sports and Cultural Arts Center. The event
                                                                         marked New Jersey’s 59th Arbor Day Celebration!

                                                                         Front row from left: Randy York, Crewleader; Craig Hofmeister, Regional
                                                                         Safety Specialist. Middle row from left: Tim Smith, Supervisor; Valerie
                                                                         Schirmer, Administrative Assistant. Back row from left: Don St. Clair, General
                                                                         Foreman; Mike Saling, Crewleader; Jeff Sachs, Regional Safety Specialist;
                                                                         Ralph Thurman, Supervisor; Don Cox, Regional Manager
                                                 NEWS FROM THE FIELD

     E   mployees of Region 460 recently faced a challeng-
         ing removal on AEP Transmission property in
     Waverly, Ohio
       According to Regional Safety Specialist, Bob
     Craner, the Beech tree that was removed was 80' tall
     and 36"DBH hollow
                                                It took eight people four hours to rope this 80'
         “When we went to check out             Beech tree.
     the conditions of the trunk so we
     could determine how we were
     going to attempt to notch and
     drop it, we discovered that it was
     only standing on two legs and
     the rest of the tree was hollow,”
     explains Bob
         “Hollow trees take some time
     to figure out and get rigged,” adds
     Bob “Since the tree was somewhat
     parallel with the power lines, it was
     tied and directed to fall to the left      General Foreman, Ray Stagge, securing the split
     towards the hill This way, even if         while crewleader, Todd Bradford, looks on.
     the tree did not follow the notch,
     the ropes would tighten as the tree
     fell, pulling it toward the side of
     the right-of-way and not allowing
     it to fall towards the power lines ”
         It took eight people four hours
     to get the necessary ropes in the
     tree by means of a throwing ball
         “This was tough,” claims Bob,
     “because of the way the tree set
     on the hillside and the limbs we           General Foreman, Ray Stagge, in the process of
     needed were on the bottom side of          lashing the tree with a series of tightly wound
     the tree We used two Bull Ropes            wraps so that it would not split during the felling
     for stability and two work lines
     for guidance Of the two work lines, one was used in
     conjunction with a mechanical rope puller Once we
     secured the tree and were fairly sure it was going to
     fall away from the transmission line, Todd Bradford
     notched and felled the tree ”
        Employees involved: General foremen Tim Sheppard and
     Ray Stagge, Regional Safety Specialist Bob Craner, crew-
     leaders Todd and Jody Bradford, and trimmers Jason Faslet,
     Martin Lay and Danny Bunch

                                          OUR G ENERAL F OREMEN

GF Wisdom                                                       Learning from the Experience of Nelson Tree’s
                                                                Successful and Seasoned Veterans

                                                          Featuring Bruce Pope, General Foreman, Region 463
Training Never Stops                                                        Bruce Pope began his line clearance career in 1987 at
   In the previous LifeLine, Bruce                                          the tender age of eighteen working as an inexperienced
                                                                            ground man with a small contractor in upstate New York.
was featured for being recognized
by National Grid for his exceptional                                        “I did what I was told, when I was told,” remembers Bruce.
                                                                            “Looking back to those early days, it shocks me to think
training practices Bruce’s outlook
                                                                            about the total disregard for safety. Thank goodness we
on training is that it never stops!                                         know better now.”
   “Regardless of how many years
                                                                        In 1991, Bruce was promoted to crewleader. Then, in
you have with Nelson Tree, or in                                        1997, the company he was working for was sold to a
this industry overall, training, and                                    larger line clearance company. In 1998 an opening for a
opportunities to learn how to work          top trimmer became available at Nelson Tree.
smarter and safer, apply to every-          “I was thankful for the opportunity to join Nelson Tree,” says Bruce.
one, always                                 Within a few months, Bruce was promoted to crewleader, and in 2003 he was offered a
   I recently attended a tree felling       general foreman position, which he gladly accepted.
class, which demonstrated new               “I really had no idea what I was getting myself into,” laughs Bruce.
techniques And even though I’ve
                                            In addition to his responsibilities at Nelson Tree, life at home keeps Bruce busy. He and
been in this industry for 20 years, I       his wife, Melissa, have been married for 19 years. They have three daughters, Tiffany
was totally impressed with the new          17; Tara 16; Teya 11; and one son, Tyler, who is seven. With four children, sport events
information that I learned                  from basketball to softball, plus the families interest in camping and four-wheeling,
   Our industry is constantly               Bruce has little time for his favorite past time of hunting.
incorporating new ways to improve           Bruce states, he is honored to be featured in GF Wisdom.
safety and we must remain open              "My colleagues represent some of the most talented and devoted general foremen
minded to learning better ways of           at Nelson Tree."
performing our job Anything that
will keep us safe is well worth tak-
ing the time to learn!                  up front always pays off in the long              our training is intended to help
   When you close yourself off          run I take the Safety Orientation                 the employee to safely perform
to learning new things or when          Program very seriously One thing                  their job In short, if an employee
you can’t deal with change, you’ll      I do at the end of the program is                 doesn’t approach every training
quickly fall behind Many of us          to take out the book and verbally                 opportunity seriously, they are
don’t like change, myself included,     quiz employees on the materials                   putting their lives at risk
but I try to stay open to rethink-      they were required to read                           Thankfully, the safety culture
ing things This advice applies not          Training is a two way street The              of this industry has changed since
only to our jobs, but also to life in   trainer needs to devote the time                  my early years, and continues to
general I try to instill this thought   and energy into properly doing                    evolve As safety professionals
process in all of my employees          it, and the trainee must be recep-                analyze incidents and determine
   As a general foreman, training is    tive and serious about the impor-                 causes, new guidelines will contin-
the most important thing I can do       tance of what he or she is being                  ue to be introduced It is our job as
to protect the safety and well being    taught I wish that all employees                  general foremen to make sure the
of my employees I find that devot-      could understand how important                    training is done and that the rules
ing the time to properly train an       their training is and show sig-                   are then enforced ”
employee from the start makes my        nificant interest in what they are
job easier later The time invested      being taught Let’s face it, 99% of                                                               19
                                                       W AT E R S A F E T Y

     N      o matter what type of water environment you
            are near, be it pool, lake, pond, or river, the most
     basic water safety tip is, learn to swim! This is the best
                                                                   Keeping Children Safe
                                                                      Children under the age of four have the highest
                                                                   death rate due to drowning The surest way to
     thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the            ensure children’s safety in and around the water is
     water and applies to adults, as well as children              to first make sure they know how to swim and then
        If you, or someone in your family doesn’t know how         to NEVER leave them alone near the water, regard-
     to swim, sign up for lessons at your local pool Or,           less of their swimming skill or how shallow the water!
     contact your local Red Cross chapter to enroll in one         Also, never rely on flotation devices, such as inner
     of their swim courses                                         tubes and water wings, or inflatable toys to keep a
                                                                   child safe in the water These devices should never
                                                                   replace parental supervision
                                                                   Home Pools
                                                                   • Install a phone by the pool or keep a cordless phone
                                                                     nearby so that you can call 9-1-1 in an emergency
                                                                   • Enclose the pool completely with a fence with vertical
                                                                     bars Openings in the fence should be no more than
                                                                     four inches wide Do not include the house as a part
                                                                     of the barrier
                                                                   • Gates should be self-latching and self-closing
                                                                   • Never leave furniture near the fence, which could
                                                                     enable a child to climb over the fence
                                                                   • Keep lifesaving equipment by the pool, such as a pole,
                                                                     rope, and flotation device, and know how to use them
                                                                   • Keep toys out of and away from the pool when it is
     When swimming, follow these safety tips:
                                                                     not in use to prevent attracting children to the water
     • Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone
                                                                   • If a child is missing, check the pool first!
     • Swim in supervised areas only
     • Obey all rules and posted signs                             Lakes and Rivers
     • Stop swimming at the first sign of bad weather              • Swim in areas that are supervised by a lifeguard
     • Watch out for the dangerous “too’s” – too tired, too        • Swim only in areas that have high water quality and
       cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much             safe conditions Murky water can hide underwater
       strenuous activity                                            objects and unexpected drop-offs
     • Set water safety rules for the whole family based on
       swimming abilities (for example, inexperienced                      Never dive into lakes and rivers!
       swimmers should stay in water less than chest deep)           All too often, hidden dangers lurk beneath the
     • Know the water environment you are in and its                surface of the water, including rock outcrops or
       potential hazards, such as deep and shallow areas,
                                                                   shallow water. Every year, diving accidents result
       currents, depth changes, obstructions and where
       the entry and exit points are located
                                                                    in more than 8,000 people suffering paralyzing
     • Use a feet-first entry when entering the water Enter          spinal cord injuries and another 5,000 dying
       headfirst only when the area is clearly marked for                     before they reach the hospital.
20     diving and has no obstructions
                                                W AT E R S A F E T Y

• Select an area that is clean and well maintained A
  clean bathhouse, clean restrooms, and a litter-free          Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
  environment show the management’s concern for
                                                                  Alcohol and boating don't mix. For the same reasons
  your health and safety
                                                               it's dangerous to drive a car while under the influence
• Always enter the water feet first A feet first entry is
                                                               of alcohol, people should not operate a boat while
  much safer than diving
                                                               drinking alcohol. In fact, alcohol is even more hazardous
• Never swim under a raft or dock Look before jumping
                                                               on water than on land. Research shows that four hours
  off a dock or raft to be sure no one is in the way
                                                               of boating, exposure to noise, vibration, sun, glare and
• Avoid drainage ditches Drainage ditches are not
                                                               wind produces fatigue that makes you act as if you were
  good places for swimming or playing in the water
                                                               legally intoxicated. If you combine alcohol consumption
  After heavy rains, they can quickly change into
                                                               with this boating fatigue condition, it intensifies the
  raging rivers
                                                               effects and increases your accident risk.
Boating Safety
                                                                  Balance is one of the first things you lose when you
Wear a life jacket: Wearing a life jacket on the water         consume alcohol, and when you combine this with the
should be as second nature as buckling up your seat            rocking of the boat, the chance of falling overboard
belt when riding in a car According to United States           increases. Alcohol affects judgment, vision, balance
Coast Guard (USCG) statistics, almost 90% of the               and coordination. These impairments increase the
600 people who drown annually in boating accidents             likelihood of accidents afloat – for both passengers
could have survived if they’d been wearing a life jacket       and boat operators. U.S. Coast Guard data shows
                                                               that over 50% of drownings are a result of boating
                                                               incidents involving alcohol.
                                                                  Alcohol can also be more dangerous to boaters
                                                               because boat operators are often less experienced and
                                                               less confident on the water than on the highway. Rec-
                                                               reational boaters don't have the benefit of experiencing
                                                               daily boat operation. In fact, boaters average only 110
                                                               hours on the water per year.
                                                                 If you’re planning to have fun in, on, or near the
                                                               water, consider these alternatives to using alcohol
                                                               while afloat:

   Always ensure your life jacket is USCG approved and         • Take along a variety of cool drinks, such as sodas,
fits the wearer properly The jacket should fit snuggly           water, iced tea, lemonade or non-alcoholic beer.
and all buckles, zippers and snaps should be fastened          • Bring plenty of food and snacks.
                                                               • Limit your trip to a reasonable time to avoid fatigue.
Develop a float plan
                                                                 If you do want to make alcohol a part of your day,
Take a boating course
                                                               plan to have a party back at the dock, in a picnic
Watch the weather                                              area, at a boating club, or in your backyard after
Check your boat for all required safety equipment              being on the water.
Bring extra gear you may need                                                                                              21
                                    S P E C I A L S E C T I O N : D E PA R T M E N T O F A G R I C U L T U R E A L E R T

     The Emerald Ash Borer
     T   he Emerald Ash Borer beetle is currently threatening
         the entire population of Ash trees in the United States.
     Besides the tragic loss of these beautiful trees and the sub-
                                                                         protect worker safety. Unfortunately, emerald ash borer is prov-
                                                                         ing to be difficult to contain, and it seems likely that all areas of
                                                                         the eastern United States may be affected soon.
     sequent impact on the ecosystem, the economic impact and                Many Nelson Tree employees are working in regions that
     potential dangers of infested trees is massive.                     are dealing with this pest. A variety of methods are being
         This relatively new pest to the U.S. was first discovered in    utilized to control the spread of the bore. In Michigan, crews
     Michigan approximately 10 years ago. Researchers have               have been actively involved in removing dead trees for over
     concluded that this beetle, which is native to Eastern Russia,      a year. As tree professionals, we must continue to educate
     Northeastern China and several other Asian countries, came to       ourselves about the diseases and pests that threaten trees,
     Michigan in an import shipment packaged in large ash crating        which ultimately impact our work.
     or pallet materials.
         Once these beetles arrived in the States, the devastation of
     Ash trees soon followed. By June 2002, they were killing Ash             Methods used in affected areas to control Emerald
     trees in southeast Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. To date, the           Ash Borer spread:
     Emerald Ash Borer has killed more than 20 million ash trees              • Utilizing disc chippers to produce a smaller chip,
     in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The economic ramifications                  which the borer can't survive.
     range from saw mill operators and tool handle manufacturers              • Designating dumping sites within quarantined areas.
     to municipalities, utilities and homeowners. Not only is a highly        • Under no circumstances leaving wood chips in the
     desirable lumber product being lost, but also dead ash trees               box when traveling outside the area.
     are costly to remove and the wood requires special handling.             • Tarping back of chip boxes when traveling.
     Published estimates on costs for the state of Michigan alone are
     projected to exceed 350 million dollars. Additionally, infested
     trees create serious risks. They blow over easily in windy condi-
     tions and pose serious hazards to the tree trimming industry.       CONTROLLING THE SPREAD
         Understandably, in our industry, we are experiencing first
     hand the effects of this pest. From handling chip waste properly       Given the impact of this pest, emerald ash borer is now the
     to increasing climbing and trimming risks, practices in affected    focus of most regulatory agencies. Quarantines are in place for
     areas must be changed to control the spread of the pest and         many infested areas. Currently, the states of Michigan, Ohio,
                                                                         Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Maryland have quarantined
                                                                         counties. Stringent guidelines have been placed on wood prod-
                                                                         ucts and serious fines are imposed on those who violate these
                                                                         quarantines. Public education programs have been launched to
                                                                         spread awareness, including a bumper sticker program, which
                                                                         carries the message, “Don’t move firewood, it BUGS me!”
                                                                            Additionally, there is an insecticide available to control
                                                                         the pest. This product works by spraying the tree bark, which
                                                                         absorbs the insecticide. The feeding larva then ingests the
                                                                         insecticide and perishes. While this is effective, it must be
                                                                         done yearly and before serious damage is done to the tree by
                                                                         infestation. This method seems most logical for homeowners
                                                                         protecting trees in their landscape.

                                                                         In Michigan, where the infestation began, crews utilize a probe
22                                                                       device to check the root structure of ash trees before climbing.

   The adult beetles emerge in early
summer and have one mission, repro-
duction. A female lays between 65 to
90 eggs in her short life span. Eggs
are deposited individually on the bark
surface or in a bark crevice. After the
larva hatch, they feed on the cambial
layer for several weeks. The S-shaped
feeding pattern winds back and forth,
becoming progressively wider as the
larva grows. This process quickly
compromises the nutrient fluid
transport systems of the tree.
Trees infested with several
larvae can die within 1 year.
   Infestations of emerald
ash borer are difficult to
detect until it becomes severe,
because the larva is hidden under
the bark. There are few external signs
or symptoms of early infestation. As
infestation continues, the canopy will
start to thin and branch dieback will
begin. Woodpecker activity on ash trees
can provide an early indication of an
infestation, especially during winter.

                                             Adult Emerald Ash Borer beetle.

                             D-shaped exit
                             holes are a
                             sign of
                                                                                  New side shoots are a result of the trees'
                                                                                  compromised fluid transport system.

                                                                                       A special thanks to Bill Shook,
                                                                                       Supervisor, Region 461, and
                                                                                       Gary Higgins, General Foreman,
                                                                                       Region 468, for their
                                                                                       contributions to this article.

Traps to prevent the spread of Emerald       Branch dieback in the canopy of an
Ash Borer.                                   infected tree.                                                                    23
                                                C R EWLEADER SPOTLIG H T

     O     ur first crewleader profile comes from region
           468, Ameren IP property in Champaign, Illinois
     General Foreman, Pete McCloud, is proud of all of his
     crewleaders and had a difficult time choosing just one
                                                                      Featuring Kirk Yager, Region 468
     of them to highlight He finally narrowed it down to                                                  Kirk began with
     Kirk Yager                                                                                           Nelson Tree
        Kirk began with Nelson Tree Service in 2001 as a
                                                                                                          Service in 2001
     crewleader, bringing with him over 10 years of line
                                                                                                          as a crewleader,
     clearance experience The manner in which Kirk
                                                                                                          bringing with him
     conducts himself both on and off the job, demon-
     strates his commitment to Nelson Tree’s vision of
                                                                                                          over 10 years of
     Safety and Professionalism                                                                           line clearance
        Kirk reflects on his role as a crewleader by starting                                             experience. The
     off with what he feels is most important – Patience!                                                 manner in which
                                                                                                          Kirk conducts
        “Patience is the key to being a successful                                                        himself both on
                                                                      and off the job, demonstrates his commitment to
        crewleader,” states Kirk. “Everyone learns
                                                                      Nelson Tree’s vision of Safety and Professionalism.
     differently and at their own pace. Because not
     everyone learns in the same way, a crewleader
      has to be willing to explore different ways of
             teaching, which can take time.”                         Being in this industry for 17 years, Kirk has seen
                                                                  and experienced his fair share of close calls He thank-
        In his efforts to discover better teaching methods,       fully notes that safety is now more important than it
     Kirk has found that a laser pointer is an excellent          was in those early years A personal experience from
     teaching tool                                                his early days made a profound change in his attitude
        “This is a great tool for the job briefing and describ-   about safety, and he tells the story to any new
     ing things to homeowners,” explains Kirk “I can shine        crewmember he encounters when the subject of tying
     the laser on the area that I’m explaining, for instance      in comes up
     pointing to the crotch that should be utilized or               “Many, many years ago, before our industry had
     illustrating to homeowners exactly where the cuts will       the safety implementations we have today, I had
     be made It’s also inexpensive and can easily be carried      tied in above the line, in a manner that allowed me
     in my pocket ”                                               to swing toward the line, to take off overhang I had
        Kirk’s extra effort with the laser pointer demon-         completed the job, and there was a breakdown in
     strates that he takes the job briefing seriously When        communication with my co-worker that was securing
     discussing the job briefing process, Kirk explains that      my line I swung right toward the line I flattened my
     he makes sure the emphasis is safety over production         body like a pancake It was absolutely the scariest
     Kirk adds, “There is no need to hurry and take               moment of my life! As I was swinging toward them, I
     unnecessary risks ”                                          was sure I was a goner This experience will stick with
                                           C R EWLEADER SPOTLIG H T

Recognizing the Backbone
of Our Company

me for the rest of my life, it changed my attitudes
about safety and taking risks ”
  Kirk works with his local union in an apprentice-
ship program, which he finds very rewarding

"Knowing that I'm doing my part to make sure
  employees are properly trained for the job
     they are doing is a great feeling."

   General Foreman, Pete McCloud, and Kirk have
known each other for 16 years, and Pete has been
Kirk’s supervisor for seven years Kirk explains that he
developed a whole new appreciation for Pete after
being his fill-in GF "Some guys out there think the
GF position is easy, trust me it isn't!"
                                                             One of Kirk’s most extraordinary tree jobs was the removal of this
   To keep up with the physical demands of tree trim-        historical pin oak. It was over 100 feet tall on a city lot with a very
ming, Kirk spends plenty of time in the gym His plan         small yard. It had a double trunk with included bark, which had split.
                                                             Those conditions, coupled with the fact that over half of the tree was
to continue to be a crewleader until he is 65 explains
                                                             overhanging a 3-phase 12.5 KV line, made for quite a challenge. It
Kirk’s commitment to physical fitness, although he           took three days to get the tree removed.
quickly adds a disclaimer, “Unless I win the lottery!”
   It is obvious to everyone Kirk values his health He       in the Vacation movies) She was just the nicest person
explains that he comes from a family history plagued         and later that day she brought us out some cake
with weight problems, heart disease, and diabetes He         Then, her boyfriend, Al Pacino, came out when they
decided early in life that he wasn’t going down that         were leaving That same day, Joe Pesci came out and
path Kirk says that today at age 43 he feels as good as      asked how we were doing It was really cool meeting
he did in his twenties Many of his new co-workers ask        these celebrities and they were so polite and apprecia-
questions about his life-style or poke fun at his food       tive of the work we were doing ”
choices Kirk says he tries to seize these opportunities to      On a final note, Kirk’s home life also reflects the in-
enlighten others about being healthy and the affects of      tegrity he demonstrates in his professional life Kirk is
junk food, heavy drinking and smoking on your health         the sole custodial parent of his three children He has
   When asked about some of his most memorable               two teenage daughters, ages 15 and 17, and one son,
moments in this industry, Kirk quickly recalled a            age 13 It is evident to everyone that knows Kirk how
storm work situation in upstate New York                     dedicated he is to properly raising his children Pete
   “The crews were working in an upscale neighbor-           adds, “Kirk is devoted to his job, but those kids are the
hood when a woman came out of a home and started             most important thing in his life ”
talking to us She asked how the work was progressing            Kirk Yager is certainly a shining example of the many
and how we were doing She looked familiar to me so           exceptional crewleaders Nelson Tree Service has in its
I mentioned this to her She told us she was Beverly          ranks Nelson extends a tremendous thanks to Kirk,
D’Angelo, (the actress who played Chevy Chase’s wife         and all our crewleaders for the job you do everyday!
                                                            SAFETY PROGRAMS

     SAFETY RECOGNITION                                                                           Monthly $250 Gift Card Winners

     PROGRAM MONTHLY WINNERS                                                                      JANUARY 2008
                                                                                                  Alan Bodenheimer     Reg. 460
        The 2008 Safety Recognition Program is in full swing From January                         Anthony Chavez       Reg. 468
     to the end of May, Nelson has awarded $10,000 in gift cards for this new                     Ramon Diaz           Reg. 466
                                                                                                  Charles Dyer         Reg. 466
     program! The program is very simple and gives all employees an equal
                                                                                                  John Johnson         Reg. 460
     chance to win Congratulations to all of our winners Remember everyone
                                                                                                  Jose Marrero         Reg. 463
     has a chance to win – simply perform your job safely and professionally and                  Juan Odilebe Nunez   Reg. 472
     remain incident free!                                                                        Kenneth Rea          Reg. 466
     How it Works . . .                                                                           FEBRUARY 2008
        On the last working day of each month, a random list of names will be                     Chris Bilbrey        Reg. 461
     pulled from the human resource database The selected employees’ gen-                         Cody Cavanaugh       Reg. 463
     eral foremen will then be contacted to validate eligibility Once eligibility                 Michael Cochran      Reg. 468
     is confirmed, the employee will receive a $250 Wal-Mart gift card There                      Joseph Hagan, Jr.    Reg. 468
     are eight winners selected every calendar month                                              Tom Jenkins          Reg. 461
                                                                                                  Theodore Pfeufer     Reg. 472
     Eligibility criteria:
                                                                                                  Derrick Price        Reg. 472
     To be eligible for recognition, the employee must have worked without                        Thomas Rudd          Reg. 463
     incident* and have not received a negative performance notice for that
     calendar month                                                                               MARCH 2008
                                                                                                  Bobby Bain           Reg. 466
     *Incident is defined as:                                                                     Jay Eckroth          Reg. 461
     •	 Has not been injured or caused the injury of another person                               Kelly Foster         Reg. 468
                                                                                                  Herb Frost           Reg. 463
     •	 Did not directly or indirectly cause any property damage
                                                                                                  Lucas Hickey         Reg. 461
     •	 No at-fault vehicle accidents                                                             John Kerst           Reg. 468
     •	 Has not directly or indirectly                                                            Eric Olivo           Reg. 463
                                                                                                  Larry Ours           Reg. 461
        caused any interruption of
        electrical service                                                                        APRIL 2008
                                                                                                  Randall Addleman     Reg. 466
                                                                                                  Jose Amilca Agulia   Reg. 472
                              Jay Eckroth (left) is                                               Ray Burdette III     Reg. 461
                             congratulated by his
                                                                                                  Sean Gregory         Reg. 466
                                General Foreman,
                                 Tom Ryan (right).                                                Jared Hiersche       Reg. 472
                                                                                                  Richard Mullins      Reg. 460
                                                                                                  David Perez Padua    Reg. 463
                                                                                                  Anthony Tyler        Reg. 468

                                                                                                  MAY 2008
                                                                                                  Andrew Christian     Reg. 466
                                                                                                  Christhopher Craig   Reg. 466
                                                                                                  Joseph Finley        Reg. 460
                                                                                                  Wayne Grimes         Reg. 466
                                                                                                  James Koontz III     Reg. 461
                                                                                                  Chris McQuiston      Reg. 461
                                                                                                  Michael Winn         Reg. 463
     January winner Ken Rea looks very happy          General Foreman Gary Craig (right) awards   Jess Wooden          Reg. 468
     posing for his photo after being awarded a       Crewleader Ramon Diaz (left) a $250 gift
26   $250 Wal-Mart card.                              card for winning the safety contest.
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     Policy Notice – Page 5                                                             Glass Inspection Guidelines – Page 11
1. Swearing or foul language is not considered a form                               11. List one of the windshield conditions that would warrant an “X” on
   of harassment. (Circle your answer.)                                                 the post-trip inspection form check box. ____________________
                                                                                         (Fill in your answer.)
   True or False
                                                                                        Securing an Unsecured Load – Page 12
   Using Appropriate Hand Signals & Backing Vehicles – Page 6-7
                                                                                    12. It is perfectly acceptable to use the open areas on the chip box as
2. Only 50% of all backing incidents are preventable. (Circle your answer.)
                                                                                        a place to dispose of your trash. (Circle your answer.)
   True or False
                                                                                        True or False
3.   Nelson Tree Backing Policy mandates that on crews greater than one
     person, a spotter shall be used whenever a vehicle is being backed-                News From the Field – Page 16-18
     up, regardless of a chipper or trailer being attached. (Circle your answer.)   13. Region 463 general foremen Joe Proko and Joe Buzzel recently
     True or False                                                                      completed what type of training seminar?_________________
                                                                                        _____________________________________ (Fill in your answer.)
4.   In the event the driver loses sight of the spotter, ________ _______               GF Wisdom – Page 19
     _________ _________! (Fill in four words.)                                     14. Bruce Pope believes that training is a two-way street. The trainee must
                                                                                        be receptive and take the process seriously. Employees need to
5.   Before the spotter goes behind the truck to connect the chipper,                   understand that most training protects their safety. (Circle your answer.)
     the driver should place the truck in neutral. (Circle your answer.)                True or False
     True or False
                                                                                        Water Safety – Page 20-21
     Accident or Incident – Page 7                                                  15. Alcohol is less hazardous on water than on land. (Circle your answer.)
                                                                                        True or False
6.   Being injured because we failed to take the necessary safety
     precautions is an example of an … ? (Circle your answer.)
                                                                                    16. Research shows that _____ hours of boating, with exposure to noise,
     Accident or Incident                                                               vibration, sun, glare and wind produces fatigue that makes you act as
                                                                                        if you were legally intoxicated. Combining alcohol consumption with
     Don't Get Caught Red Handed – Page 8-9                                             this fatigue intensifies your accident risk. (Fill in the number.)
7.   Clothing and shoes exposed to the plants can hold the poisonous oils
     causing a rash outbreak to anyone who handles them. (Circle your answer.)      17. The highest death rate for children under the age of four is from
     True or False                                                                      drowning. (Circle your answer.)
                                                                                         True or False
     Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections – Page 10
8.   A crewleader is allowed to enter more than one truck number on                     Emerald Ash Borer – Page 22-23
     the pre- and post-inspection form. (Circle your answer.)                       18. List one of the methods currently being used in affected areas to
     True or False                                                                      control emerald ash bore spread. ________________________
                                                                                        ______________________________________ (Fill in your answer.)
9.   When traveling in multiple states, the driver is required to enter
     odometer readings as he enters and exits each state. (Circle your answer.)         Crewleader Spotlight – Page 24-25
     True or False                                                                  19. According to Kirk Yager, ________________________________
                                                                                        is the key to being a successful crewleader? (Fill in one word.)
10. Neat handwriting is important when completing the pre- and post-trip
    inspection. Illegible handwriting renders the form void when calculat-              Specialty Equipment – Page 29
    ing fuel tax reports or when reviewed by a DOT officer. (Circle your answer.)   20. Properly cleaning debris daily is a critical responsibility of a
    True or False                                                                       mowing machine operator. (Circle your answer.)
                                                                                         True or False

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                                                                                                support vehicle. A few minutes to hook
                                                                                                up the quick connect fittings is all that is
                                                                                                required to recover the machine.
                                                                                                     Tash Trees (yes, this really is his name)
                                                                                                is the primary operator for this machine
                                                                                                and has been operating tree-mow-
                                                                                                ing equipment for over 12 years. He is
                                                                                                constantly amazed at how the technology
                                                                                                continues to improve.
                                                                                                    “The productivity and ease of opera-
                                                                                                tion just keeps getting better,” says Tash.
                                                                                                     Tash is diligent about respecting the
                                                                                                machine and keeping up with proper
                                                                                                preventative maintenance. He has a daily
                                                                                                and a weekly routine he follows. Proper
                                                                                                greasing, debris cleaning and inspection
                                                                                                are the basics.
                                                                                                     “As I operate the machine I am always
                                                                                                listening for strange noises or vibrations,
                                                                                                says Tash. Laughingly he adds, “I learned
                                                                                                on the farm as a young man that operat-
    In December 2007, region 468 general foreman, Pete                 ing a machine is a lot more than just starting it up and going.”
McCloud, received a new CAT skid steer with a Fecon mowing                 Adam Krankavitch works on the mowing crew with Tash. He
head. Pete, who has had other skid steer mowing units, was             and Tash trade responsibilities throughout the day, so Adam also
already very familiar with this machine set-up.                        gets to run the machine. One of Adam’s biggest responsibili-
    “These machines make a difficult and time consuming job            ties is walking the right of way and marking hazards. Chunks of
into a much easier task,” explains Pete. “The mowing head can          concrete, old poles or guide wires must be properly marked. He
handle up to 6" diameter trees with no problem, and chops it
down into fine pieces when mowed over.”                                 “This thing can blow past the competition when
    Pete was happy with his new unit for several reasons. The             we put them side by side on a right-of-way,”
first thing that jumped out at Pete was how easy the unit was
to clean. This type of mowing produces a lot of dust, woodchips
and chaff and operators have to be diligent about cleaning this
debris. With this machine the operator can easily pop open the
rear cover and use a leaf blower to clear any debris. Pete also
comments that this machine collects less debris than any other
unit he has had in his fleet.
    Pete also noticed the CAT has a lot more power than other
skid steer mowers he has had.
    The other thing that the operators noticed is how quick the
head recovery time was.                                                uses a spray marking paint and usually draws a circle around
    When the equipment department did the specs with the               the hazard, and then hand cuts around it. He is also Tash’s extra
CAT dealer they decided to utilize the steel track as opposed to       set of eyes and they communicate through two-way radios.
rubber tracks to provide better traction. The tires on the unit were      “These two make a great combination, the teamwork they
also foam-filled to prevent flats and provide a little softer ride.    display is incredible,” says Pete.
Apparently, this strategy has worked out because the machine              It is very obvious that these two gentlemen take their job
has only been stuck one time in six months. For times when it          seriously and display a great deal of responsibility in their work.
does get stuck, a portable hydraulic winch is stored on the            Nelson Tree is grateful for employees like Tash and Adam.                 29
                                                                     NELSON WEAR


      Summer Fun!
        NelsonWear is offering our T’s in a
     wide range of colors to liven things up this
     summer! The old standards are available,
     from tried and true red and green to safety
     conscious, high visibility bright yellow,
     along with some fun colors to add a little
     variety and spice to life!
        All available colors are offered in short
     and long sleeve Short sleeve T’s feature a
     front pocket Long sleeve T’s feature a
     plain front
        Remember, the new Nelson clothing
     program will offer special products only
     during specific times of the year So, now is
     the time to stock up on your T-shirt supply!

     All clothing items have Nelson Tree logo and are
     available in SM, MED, LG, XL, 2X, 3X and 4X
     A-S Red Short Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 10.50
     A-L Red Long Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.50
     B-S Green Short Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 10.50
     B-L Green Long Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.50
     C-S Royal Blue Short Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . $ 10.50
     C-L Royal Blue Long Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.50
     E-S Gray Short Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 10.50
     E-L Gray Long Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.50
     F-S Black Short Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 10.50
     F-L Black Long Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.50
     G-S White Short Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 10.50
     G-L White Long Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.50
     H-S Navy Short Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 10.50
     H-L Navy Long Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.50
     I-S Reflective Short Sleeve T-Shirt . . . . . . . . . . . $ 10.50
     I-L Reflective Long Sleeve T-Shirt (M-2X only) . . . . . . 13.50              Deadline for all orders
                                                                                   is October 6, 2008
                                                  NELSON WEAR

                  NelsonWear               ORDER FORM

       Fill out the order form neatly and completely. Remove the form from the LifeLine and give it to your manager.
                                          You may turn in a photocopy of this form.

                    P L E A S E B E S U R E TO SPECIFY SIZE ON YOUR O RD ER

ITEM       QTY.                   DESCRIPTION                      SIZE       COLOR         PRICE EACH        TOTAL PRICE

                                                                                        Grand Total ___________________

 Date                                                   Job No.
                                                                                               I allow Nelson Tree
                                                                                               Service, Inc. to deduct
 Social Security No.
                                                                                               this amount from my
 Name (please print)

 Signature                                                                               Number of weeks to
                                                                                         deduct (check choice)
                                                                                             1 week         4 weeks
                                                                   From left: Gary Miller, SECO IVM Contract Administrator,
                                                                   Ken Lacasse, SECO IVM Manager, and Bob Turner Jr.,
                                                                   Nelson Tree Service Regional Manager

                                                                    practices, and they must have a tree planting
                                                                    and public education program
                                                                       Utilities that meet the requirements of
                                                                    this program are publicly recognized for
                                                                    their commitment to practices that protect
                                                                    and enhance our nation’s urban forests, as
                                                                    well as the environmental and economic
                                                                    benefits they bring to their communities
                                                                       According to SECO’s Director of Reliabil-

Tree Line USA Award
                                                                    ity & Operations, John LaSelva, “SECO has
                                                                    worked very hard to earn this award It
                                                                    represents the efforts and commitment of

A     t the recent National Arbor Day Trees & Utilities
      Conference in Orlando, Florida, The National
Arbor Day Foundation recognized Sumter Electric
                                                          both SECO and our business partner, Nelson Tree
                                                          Service We are both committed to maintaining and
                                                          protecting our urban forest Nelson has maintained
Cooperative (SECO) as earning the Tree Line USA           a highly trained workforce at SECO that adheres to
designation The Arbor Day Foundation sponsors             trimming practices required by the National Arbor
the Tree Line USA program in cooperation with the         Day Foundation This mutual commitment insures
National Association of State Foresters SECO is the       that a healthy urban forest will be maintained while
only cooperative in Florida earning the award in 2008     at the same time providing a safe and reliable electric
and one of just a handful of cooperatives across the      distribution system to our members ”
United States                                                Nelson Tree Service works side-by-side with SECO in
   In order to receive the Tree Line USA designation      its vegetation trimming and removal program and its
utilities must meet three requirements: they must have    tree replacement program SECO and Nelson support
a proven program of quality tree care, they must con-     local Arbor Day activities as well as jointly educating
duct annual training of employees in quality tree care    members on planting the right tree in the right place

Nelson Tree Service, Inc.
3300 Office Park Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45439

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