Arborist safety and the importance of communication

Although it may be obvious that all Gerrein Green arborists wear safety helmets to prevent head injuries…you may not realize that each helmet also is a noise-reducing communication headset.  Most of the time, customers are unaware that the arborists are using microphones to speak to their teammates.  Our Customers watch amazed as the team works as a synchronized group. Predicting the next move of another until we tell them the secret –  the continuous connectivity provided through the Bluetooth headsets.  Yes, the productivity and efficiency of our team are impressive. The communication protocol is required by industry safety standards, the ANSI Z133 standards. 

The ANSI Z133 Safety Standards

The ANSI Z133 safety standards are internationally accepted guides. It sets forth clearly defined methods and strategies that we follow to eliminate and reduce risk to workers in the tree care industry.  All segments of tree care and removal work are addressed. They are addressed and continually reviewed and revised in publications. They include traffic control, personal protection equipment, tree-cutting techniques, aerial rescue trainings, electrical hazard identification, and poisonous plant management. 

Bluetooth Headsets

The most vital advantage of the Bluetooth headsets is the arborist’s ability, when climbing a tree, to have clear communication and response from his ground team as they move clear of the landing area (drop zone) prior to a limb being fell.  The ANSI Z133 Section 3 standard states that “verbal communication by voice or radio shall employee a command-and-response protocol.”  For example, the arborist aloft should initiate the clearing of the drop zone through use of a command like ‘stand clear’ and the team on the ground should confirm their safe location by responding with ‘clear.’ 

Gerrein Green Jobsites

On any Gerrein Green Jobsite, whether it is a simple pruning or a highly technical removal, team safety is a top priority.  Professional arborists become a very cohesive team.  While in most other professions, co-workers often only perform team-building exercises during special seminars, arborists are developing relationships that ensure safety every day.



Contact Gerrin Green:  We have Certified Arborists. They train to recognize the economic, environmental, and societal benefits and values of trees.  Working with homeowners and property owners allow our arborist to share knowledge and evaluate the need for prescribed care at a cost that demonstrates the wise stewardship of resources.

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