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Wednesday 8a.1-heli dunn


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Trees and Utilities Conference 2017

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Wednesday 8a.1-heli dunn

  1. 1. HELI-DUNN Changing Ecological Conditions Effecting the Utility Tree Industry WESTERN TREE MORTALITY
  2. 2. BRIAN MULHOLLEN • 22 Years of Fire Management and Public Safety Experience- Structural & Wildland Fire, Engines, Hotshots, Helitack Supt. Burn Boss. • 3 Years a R5 / R6 USFS Rappeller, 14 years of Federal Aviation Management Experience • 8 years, Battalion Chief, Bureau of Land Management, Mother Lode Field Office • Timber Feller / Climber. Federal “C” Faller Certifier DIVISON MANAGER SAFETY OFFICER Heli-Dunn
  3. 3. A Skilled Profession Requires Skilled Labor
  4. 4.  1992--2007,* a total of 1,285 workers died while performing tree care and maintenance; 44% were trimming or pruning a tree when fatally injured. - 1998 – 2017 trend is up 15% CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)  Grounds maintenance workers, including tree trimmers, have a fatality rate that is MORE THAN THREE TIMES that of the average worker in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) reports a “fatal rate that is roughly 10 times the average for all industries” for arborists, and for loggers, the fatal accident rate is a staggering times higher than average workforces
  5. 5. “The Grand Benefit” • Directly and significantly reduces the exposure to risk to climbers throughout the industry. • gives managers a better option before committing climbers in un- structurally sound, decaying trees as a norm.
  6. 6. “The Grand Benefit” • Unpresented production rate matched by no other known method • Significant cost savings achieved through production. • Superior operational safety record (ISN Grade A rated) • Decreased accidents and injuries over a longer period of time, directly influenced by the Heli-Feller and it’s ability to decrease exposure to risk of tree workers engaged in hazard trees.
  7. 7. “In the hardest places on earth, quality is non negotiable. Experience is essential. Details are the difference between a safe return and the alternative”