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CONDITIONS REQUIRING CORRECTIVE ACTION Item No. 01 Correction Due Date: APRIL 22, 2016 Condition: During the DLS investigation with Town of XXXX Department of Parks personnel (“Respondents”), no evidence was presented to demonstrate that workers were currently trained in recognition and avoidance of unsafe chainsaw and tree work con- ditions, nor in the regulations or town policies and procedures applicable to their work environment to control or eliminate haz- ards and exposures to risks. Specifically, documentation of: 1) Written city policies and procedures specific to tree work; 2) Checklists used on a regular basis to assist in full tree and aerial lift work compliance; 3) Worker training documentation for affected workers in the dangers of such work and the appropriate, fully compliant ways of performing such work safely; and 4) Proce- dures for the use of town-owned chainsaw and aerial lift and equipment. Massachusetts General Law: MGL c. 149, § 6 Recognized Industry Standards: 29 CFR 1926.21(b)(2) – Safety Training and Education; ANSI Z133 – Safet y Standard for Arboricultural Operations Corrective Action Required: Secure, provide, and document (or provide evidence of) suitable tree work training for those assigned to tree work operations. Training must be comprehensive and all- inclusive and include effects of impact with felled trees, including key engineering controls and work practices such as: chainsaws and tree felling. The investigation yielded that most/many of the department per- sonnel are likely well vetted and trained, although said training may not be all-inclusive and is not well documented. As you know, many programs are available for training and/or refresher training. One, for example, permits one or more key employees at a given organization to become certified tree care safety experts (TCIA-CTSP), thereby empowering and encouraging a culture of safety within that organization. CIVIL PENALTY Failure to comply with the requirements set forth in this Written Warning and the corrective measures set forth in the associated Order to Correct within the period of time specified may result in the issuance of a civil citation with monetary penalties and other civil penalties as provided by law, pursuant to MGL c. 149, § 6. Proof of Corrective Action: Submit to DLS documentation that employees have been well trained in appropriate chain saw and tree care operations. Subject: Forestry Operations Safety Policies and Procedures The Town of XXXX Forestry Division hereby adopts the American National Standards Institute Z133 Safety Requirements for Arbori- cultural Operations as the official City policy for forestry opera- tions. All work practices conducted by the Forestry Division will abide by the safety recommendations provided in the most current edition of this standard. This includes but is not limited to the fol- lowing provisions: Section 5.2: Aerial Devices Section 5.3: Brush Chippers Section 6.3: Chain Saws Section 8.2: Pruning and Trimming Section 8.5: Tree Removal Subject: Forestry Safety Training Policies and Procedures The Town of XXXX Forestry Division shall utilize the TCI “Tailgate Safety: Manual for Job Site Safety Meetings, 6th edition” published by the Tree Care Industry Association as a safety training program for forestry staff. All new employees will complete the following sessions at a minimum before performing work for the Forestry Division: Session 12: Chainsaw Selection and Maintenance Session 13: Chainsaw Use and Safety Session 19: Brush Removal and Chipping Session 40: Aerial Equipment and Electrical Hazards Session 47: Tree Removal Additional training will be provided on an ongoing basis utilizing the “Tailgate Safety” program, as well as other sources of training materials. (Signed) XXXX, Town Arborist Conclusion It is the responsibility of all tree care managers, commercial or municipal, to be knowledgeable about all local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations as they apply to tree work. This would include, but not be limited to OSHA, the Department of Trans- portation (DOT), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regulations. In Octo- ber an updated new Z-133 2017 was released. The 2017 Z-133 is available from the International Society of Arboriculture (www.isa- and from the Tree Care Industry Association ( Every commercial arborist and municipality should get and review the updates in the 2017 edition. This is very important since the Massachusetts Department of Labor rec- ognizes the 2017 ANSI Z133 – Safety Standard for Arboricultural Operations as the safety standard for Massachusetts. Are you up to date? Is your member profile current on the MAA website directory? Add services provided, service areas – even your photo and bio – so that consumers can find YOU! ➨ Go to MEMBERS and follow the link for UPDATE YOUR PROFILE. MAA NEWS / March 2018 13