WELCOME TO THE SAW SAFETY TEAM

In 2014 tree care and logging officially became the most dangerous work in the United States with a discouraging 78 deaths per year. Accidents abound when falling trees, chainsaws, and heights are combined. Arborists are not the only workers using chainsaws. Landscapers, golf course workers, city and county workers, and many others in the public and private sectors all commonly use chainsaws.

Saw Safety is a weekly newsletter of safety tips created by the UGA Saw Safety Team.  This newsletter is for professionals in tree care and landscape, men and women who put a saw in wood.  The letter offers one tip per week, is short and sweet, easy to share, and perfect for tailgate meetings.  The goal of Saw Safety is to help companies and public sector entities create a culture of safety within their organizations and to encourage safety discussions. The steady stream of safety tips is punctuated with tips on sharpening, equipment, and other great resources. Illustrative, educational, and occasionally funny videos are embedded in the newsletter, when appropriate, and with full respect to copyrights. An event feed from the Georgia Arborist Association keeps readers up-to-date on trainings offered throughout the state.

In the seven months since it was created, subscription has grown over 200% and the newsletter is widely recirculated. The Saw Safety newsletter is both deadly serious and lightly humorous. One reader commented, “We recently put together a safety training class for volunteers in our CERT Team (Community Emergency Response Team) and other volunteers. Used some of these videos to illustrate what stupidity really looks like.”

J.R. Orellana

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SO WHO ARE THE SAW TEAM ANYWAY?

Ellen Bauske, Editor

Urban Ag/Plant Pathology

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Heather Kolich

Forsyth County Extension Agent

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Wade Hutcheson

Spalding County Extension Agent

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Brian Maddy

Troup County Extension Coordinator

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Gary Peiffer

DeKalb County Extension Agent

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Phillip Kelley

Lead Instructor & Operations Manager, North American Training Solutions

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Rolando Orellana

Cobb County Extension Agent

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The Saw Safety Team has well over a hundred and fifty years of tree care experience.

We bring together two powerful educational teams to create Saw Safety.

UGA Extension helps Georgians become healthier, more productive, financially independent and environmentally responsible. Extension agents stay in touch with issues relevant to people in local communities through county Extension offices.

North American Training Solutions delivers innovative and professional arboriculture training and education to industry nationwide.