Arborist Training
Avon, New York

August 23rd, 2023
7:00am - 4:00pm
5642 Tec Drive, Avon, NY 14414

Ground Operations and Aerial Support

This seminar is designed to educate ground personnel in the important role in overall job site safety and crew efficiency. In addition to clean up and debris management using chippers and stump grinders, ground personnel are responsible for assisting climbers and/or bucket operators in technical rigging, tree removal, or tree pruning operations. A strong focus on risk management, safe and ergonomic work practices will be demonstrated. This seminar will offer insight to each crew member, no matter their role, in how to work as a team safely and efficiently.

Both ground personnel and climbers should attend.

Vermeer All Roads One Day Demonstration with North American Training Solutions:
  • Check-in starts at 7:00am
  • Day ends at 4:00pm
  • Seminars are held RAIN or SHINE
  • Bring lawn chair, hard hat, and safety glasses
Free Lunch is Provided
Earn up to 6.5 ISA Certified Arborist CEU’s


Week-Of Registration Price: $65.00
Availability Ends: Aug 22, 2023
Course Topics:
Job Safety Analysis, Emergency Planning, and PPE
  • Job Safety Analysis
  • P.P.E. (personal protective equipment) including inspection, fit, care and limitations
  • Planning and emergency response (Emergency Action Plan)
  • Hazard identification and mitigation
  • Aerial lift and climber self rescue assistance and preparedness
  • Establishing work zones and drop zones and communication protocols
  • Voice command response, signals for backing up truck and chipper, crane signals
Chainsaw Safety and Operations
  • 6 Safety Features of a Chainsaw
  • Reaction Forces of a Chainsaw
  • 3 point of contact starting procedures and ergonomics
  • Daily saw care and preventive maintenance
Ergonomics and Accident Preventative Work Practices
  • Ergonomic lifting procedures, managing debris efficiently
    • Chipper
    • Debris trucks
    • Mini loaders/mini skids
    • Ground mats
  • Risk management and aerial support and assistance
    Chipper/stump grinder operations
    • Safety and efficiency, brush and wood feeding procedures / stump grinding procedures, basic maintenance, proper hook up, P.P.E.
      • Raking, tarps, and other tools
      • Power rakes
      • Grinding shields
      • Chipper winches
      • Skidding cones
      • Log carts
    Creating a Safe Work Zone
    • Cones & safety signage set-up, dealing with or moving obstacles or hazards, traffic and pedestrian handling
    • Techniques, setting lines, multiple uses
    Rope Work
    • Knots and hitches, bends, set-up and use of friction devices, running lines, introduction to understanding rigging
    Rigging gear identification and inspection
    • Define limitations of rigging equipment with MBS, WLL, safety factors, bend radius, and compliance interface
    • Shock loading and how ground personnel can reduce it
    • Rope selection, care, maintenance, and inspections including splices
    • Blocks, pulleys, carabiners, rigging rings
    • Different slings including dead eye, loopie, whoopie, ultra, webbing straps
    • Lowering devices such as port-a-wrap and GRCS
    • Mechanical advantage systems
    Applicable Standards: This course meets the ANSI/ASSE Z490.1 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training as well as OSHA 1910.269 and ANSI Z133.

    Disclaimers: All seminars are demonstration only. For hands-on opportunities, please inquire with North American Training Solutions.┬áThere will be no day-of refunds. Day-of registrations will only be accepted with cash – no credit cards. If you want to attend the seminar, make sure you register ahead of time.