|Tech & Safety Rodeo: A variation of the classic learning experience for the hands on Arborist. These sessions provide an interactive environment designed to stimulate a fun, competitive learning opportunity. Participants receive education and instruction on the industries best work practices while testing their skills and abilities to apply these techniques safely and efficiently. This outside session will be held at The Village of Grand Traverse Commons.
10:00 – 10:30am
Movement Preparation, Lifting Posture, & Eliminating Chronic Injuries
Nels Spence, Bartlett Tree Experts This session introduces the 7 directions of movement required to balance major muscle groups and properly align the skeleton to create efficient movement patterns. You will learn proper posture to minimize the risk of injury while performing arboriculture field work. Let us also debunk the term, “Over-use injury”.
10:30 – 11:30am
Work Zone Safety – Set-up, etc.
Keith Byville/Phillip Kelley
11:30 – 12:15 LUNCH BREAK
12:15 – 1:15
Tree Risk Assessments: The Body Language of Trees - Health, Suitability to climb, etc.
Keith Byville/Phillip Kelley/Nels Spence We’ll discuss hazards that directly impact tree climbers and how to identify and asses them. We’ll explore mitigation techniques to improve overall safety and efficiency when working in less-than-perfect trees.
1:15 – 3:00
SRS (Stationary Rope Systems): Demonstrations and CLIMBER Participation
Keith Byville/Phillip Kelley/Nels Spence Hands-on practice with tools and techniques to help students get familiar with ascent and work positioning with stationary rope systems. Tools, anchoring systems, redirects and how they are used, and forces applied in the tree will be covered in this session.