Whoa, it’s been awhile since I last posted. The little guy got sick- really sick – and he spent a week or so in Sick Kids in Hamilton, and man, oh, man, a week like this really puts things in perspective.
But, he’s bounced back- and he’s on a rip, right now, with his little bro, along Eramosa Creek Trails with Mum, and this gives me a chance to take my eye’s off healthy-him for a minute and write this up.
You’ve got to appreciate what these companies do- I mean, they don’t have to. To take an Arboriculture Canada course is around 400.00 per day, per man. Plus, you’ve got to pay your guys to be there- I mean, you wouldn’t make anyone be away from their family for free. So, yeah, it works out to be quite expensive, and nonetheless, we do what we can to have our guys trained up.
As for the Arboriculture Canada courses, wow, they’re top notch. We did the Hazard Tree Falling course, and they taught us techniques that none of my guys (myself included) have seen before. The instructors were great- the rigging and everything was really hands-on, and they demonstrated some really cool stuff that, in the end, serves to make our work safer.
One scary statistic – a forestry worker dies every 1.5 days in Canada and the USA. That’s a field worker- and there aren’t that many of us. The good news is that, in the majority of cases, these are untrained men doing side work CHEAPLY. I’ve bid against fellows like this on occasion- uninsured, dangerous to person and property, often wearing crocs and shorts on the job site. Scary stuff.
So, we train our guys as much as we can afford to do. The Hazard Felling course demonstrated, specifically, using the Key-Method for removing dangerous trees, particularly storm damage. They utilized Port-a-Wraps and Rock Exotica dual pullies (for creating 5-1 Pulling Advantages) which we got to set up several times to practice.
This is all stuff that we can apply in our day-to-day operations, and I was grateful to both Sherrilltree and Vermeer for putting on the course.