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Educational Sessions

Utility and Municipal Joint Sessions

Trends and Regulations Shaping Training in our Future
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
4:20 PM — 5:00 PM
Osceola Ballroom B
A, U, T, L, Bm

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the current regulations within the tree care industry as it relates to training
  • Understand the fundamentals of safety and current trends in safety training
  • Realize the significant factors for consideration when implementing new requirements 
  • Integrate best management practices into your training program

 Companies place a high priority on safety, yet training properly can often be overlooked. No best-in-class training program is complete without a few of the basics, yet they are often left out of regular training curricula: chainsaw safety, personal protective equipment, aerial lifts and crane safety, and proper use of the tools of our trade. Learn the trends that other companies are implementing to get better safety metrics out of their operations and productivity.

Simply incorporating tools like the ISA’s Tree Risk Assessment to evaluate trees before climbing can make a significant difference. Currently, talks on new regulations and ANZI standards are open for comment and will be revamped in the coming months. How does this affect your business? What are the potential changes that you will have to make to comply to the new rules and regulations? With scare resources, risk and liability mitigation as it relates to safety can improve productivity and reduce unnecessary safety mishaps. Receive fundamental tips to improve safety metrics and practical advice in training your workforce.


Keith Norton, Sr. Instructor of ACRT Urban Forestry Training
Bob Urban, Sr. Manager, ACRT Urban Forestry Training

Presenter Information

    • Keith Norton

      ACRT Inc.

      Keith Norton is Manager of Training and Lead Training Instructor for ACRT Inc. Keith is an ISA Certified Arborist and Certified Tree Worker – Climber Specialist with over 30 years of experience in the tree care industry. He has taught climbing, rigging, utility line clearance certification, crane use in arboriculture, aerial lift operation and aerial rescue throughout the United States and Virgin Islands. He is a voting member of the Accredited Standards Committee Z133 and serves on the Electrical Hazards and Crane Use sub-committees. He has been in involved in many facets of the tree care industry including owning his own tree service. Keith is a published author on the subject of tree care and tree care safety. Keith was a student in ACRT classes in the 1990’s and joined ACRT as a Job Corps Urban Forestry Instructor from 2001 – 2005 and became lead training instructor in 2011.

    • Robert Urban

      Bob Urban is the senior manager for risk management and Urban Forestry Training. Bob is an ISA Certified Arborist, Certified Utility Specialist and expert witness with over 25 years of experience in the tree care industry. With over 20 years at ACRT, Bob has served in roles from Utility Forester to Operations Director. He was a senior instructor and a substitute Job Corps Urban Forestry Instructor with ACRT’s training department from 1999 – 2001. Currently he develops material and testing for in-house employee training, development of custom training courses and participates as a Utility Arborist Specialist preparatory instruction. His prior work experience is in the residential/commercial tree trimming industry in the south Florida region. 

    • Joe Jimmo

      Joseph A. Jimmo is the Field Safety Training Manager for Penn Line Service, a utility contractor based in Western Pennsylvania. Joe coordinates activities of 11 safety trainers embedded with the Company’s vegetation management operations in key geographic areas, and manages the design of safety-related learning for formal training of some 1,000 employees on a semi-annual basis.

      Joe has been with Penn Line for 17 years, and has used his considerable field experience to advance a positive workplace culture based on safe work practices. He was instrumental in implementing the Company’s first-ever skill verification process, and—as a strong advocate for employee development—articulated an early vision of professionalism for tree trimmers that underlies today’s training-pervasive environment.

      Joe represents Penn Line on industry standard-setting committees, including the Utility Line Clearance Coalition (ULCC) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) where he serves as a voting member for the second revision of the ANSI Z-133 standard.  He is a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional (CTSP), and has held multiple accreditations in work zone safety, including as a multi-state instructor.

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