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    CANCELLED GAA Hands On Ground Worker Workshop

    • May 31, 2008
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • United Methodist Childrens Home
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    GAA   Hands-On
    Ground Worker Workshop

    practical hands on training for Ground Workers

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    (Details Below)

    Saturday, May 31st, 2008
    (Rescheduled from April 19th, 2008)

    Time:   8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    At The United Methodist Children’s Home

    500 S. Columbia Drive

    Decatur, GA 30030



    Limited to the first 60 paid applicants

    (Applicable to arborists, consultants, tree care workers,
    Spanish Translator on site for workshop)

    Cost: $100 per Attendee (Includes Lunch)

    6 CEU's


        Pre-registration preferred by

    May 17th, 2008

    Each Participant must bring safety glasses and helmet
    with a chin strap.  Participants that do not have these
    items will not be able to participate.

    There will be a total of six work stations which means there will be only 10 participants per station at one time. This seminar is designed for participation, meaning that a number of activities will actively engage each person in “doing” as opposed to “watching.”


    1.   Electrical Hazards

    2.   Ground Safety

    3.   Ground Operations

    4.   Hazard Assessment

    5.   Knot Tying

    6.   Throw Line

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    Details of Stations

    1) Electrical Hazard Station

         a.   How to identify different lines. A field walk for identification of lines.

         b.   What do you do when you see lines?

         c.   What do you do in case of an electrical emergency? A few mock drills will be practiced.

    2) Ground Safety Station

    a.    Personal protection equipment. What is it? Different types of gear are ready to try on.

    b.    How you can make your work site safer. Establishing a work zone and drop zone.

    c.     How to do a daily job briefing so everyone knows their tasks, potential hazards, and communication systems that will be used.

    d.     Communication. How to safely work as a team? Practice different voice command and response calls. Practice whistle use. Copies of call signals handed out.

    e.     What do you do in case of an emergency? Practice protocol. A blank daily emergency form will be supplied (for duplication) to everyone for emergency uses.

    f.    How to watch out for each other and speak up for safety.

     3) Ground Operations Station

    a.     How to know a saw is ready to use.

    b.     What safety gear do you need before cutting?

    c.      How do you safely start a saw? Field practice.

    d.      What is good cutting technique? Demonstration of good and bad cutting technique.

    e.      What are safe and easy ways to move heavy wood? Practice manual methods using a wood pick, cant hook, and hand trucks. Proper lifting demonstrated and practiced.

     4) Hazard Assessment Station

    a.    Assess a tree’s safety using 4 zones of assessment. Wide angle view, ground view, trunk view, crown view. Materials of what to look for and the different zones handed out.

    b.   Tap a tree using a mallet for decay detection. Practice on a tree and wood pieces.

    c.      Drill a tree using a cordless drill for decay detection. Practice on pieces of wood.

     5) Knot Tying Station:      

    a.   Learn a few important knots you will use every day. Participants will tie and untie selected knots many times to set them into memory.  

    b.   How to set up a Porta Wrap and other lowering devices. Practice on a tree.

    6) Throw Line Station:

    a.   Throw line gear and their uses including: different weights and lines, and the Big Shot. Different gear on hand for field practice.

    b.   Throw line safety.  How to avoid common mistakes.

    c.   Throwing techniques, including different line grips and throws, line management, and the Big Shot. Practice in an open field.

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    For Information

    Donna Rayfield,

    Executive Director, GAA

    Office:   (770) 554-3735

    Georgia Arborist Association

    Phone:  (404) 913-1422
    Address:  GAA ~ P.O. Box 2516, Decatur GA 30031

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