Winter is ending and spring is nearly here! During the winter, we may do only a reduced amount of tree work or take a break from it completely. The skills acquired from tree work are just like any other skills in life. If you don’t use them, you lose them.
As you return to getting outside and doing field work you may find it helpful to do a quick review and skill check. Skills used in tasks like chainsaw handling and knot tying will deteriorate if not practiced regularly. As you head back to work, take some time to review your skills and practice them with co-workers or employees. Do this before getting back into potentially hazardous work situations. Practice should be in a controlled environment. Participants should be given the space to focus on the skill they are practicing.
A little time invested in the early season can boost safety and productivity!