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    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

    Ergonomic Awareness and Safety for the Tree Care Worker


    Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for the largest percentage of work-related injuries and disabilities in the U.S. Ergonomics improves the interaction of the worker with the environment to decrease the risk of MSDs. While education on traumatic injury prevention is evident in the arborist trades, ergonomic education and practices are not as apparent. This talk will discuss the ergonomic risk factors encountered by arborists, and will include instruction on prevention techniques.

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    Ed Carpenter, NATS Certified Instructor, Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS), Douglas, Massachusetts, United States

    As CEO of C.O.R. Ergonomic Solutions, Ed Carpenter leads the company in its mission to reduce debilitating musculoskeletal disorders among athletes working and playing in the vertical realm. Ed has developed an integrated approach to educational injury-prevention, where health and wellness can be implemented on the job site, instead of in the gym.  Ed holds a BS in urban forestry from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an AS in arboriculture from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture Amherst. Ed is a lead instructor and Northeast Operations manager for North American Training Solutions (NATS). Ed has been researching and problem-solving arboricultural work systems since 1996, when he began in the tree care industry. He has been involved in training arborists since 2005, and product development since 2008. His leadership through CORE and NATS enables him to share his knowledge and passion with arborists across the globe. Ed resides in Massachusetts with his family where he owns and operates ArborOne Tree Service.

    Amanda Carpenter, DPT, CProT, CEAS, Warrensburg, New York, United States

    Amanda Carpenter, a doctor of physical therapy, is the ultimate body mechanic, dedicated to preventing musculoskeletal disorders. She has a doctorate in physical therapy from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts; an MS in physical therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester, New York; and a BS in health science, as well as certifications in professional training and ergonomic assessment. Dr. Carpenter is an expert in the science and practice of ergonomics, working with industrial athletes. She currently resides with her husband in upstate New York, where she owns and operates Carpenter Physical Therapy, an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practice dedicated to improving the lives of her patients.

    Jessica Skiera, AS, BS, CPT , Denver, Colorado, United States

    Jessica Skiera is the newest member of the C.O.R. Ergonomic Solutions. She attended Parkland College on a soccer scholarship and earned her A.S. in Kinesiology, followed by a B.S. in Parks and Recreation Administration with a sequence in Therapeutic Recreation from Illinois State University. In addition, she is a Certified Personal Trainer through Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and a Certified American Sports Education Program Coach. She has worked with the International Society of Arboriculture since the age of sixteen, and continues to spend time volunteering with the International Tree Climbing Championship. Most recently she moved to Denver, Colorado, where she works at Life Time Fitness as a Supervisor of the Kids Activities Department, and the Camp Director for Life Time’s summer camps.

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