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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, January 17, 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • Sunday, December 31, 2023
    • 11:59 PM
    • ZOOM Webinar

    These new and updated webinars provide Electrical Hazard Awareness education in three 1-hour sessions. 

    All arborists must be trained to recognize and avoid electrical hazards. This on-demand webinar covers a wide range of safety-related topics essential for arborists working near energized overhead power lines, presented by the tree care industry’s leading safety expert – Dr. John Ball.

    Critical topics addressed in this webinar include:

    How electricity works

    Basic terminology

    Current standards & regulations

    Electrical hardware identification

    Hazard assessment

    Estimating nominal voltage 

    Line clearance pruning practices to reduce exposure

    Recent incidents involving tree workers & electrical conductors

    Emergency response to electrical contact incidents involving workers who are aloft

    Completion of the course satisfies one major OSHA requirement for arborists working 10 feet or closer to energized conductors.  Additional employer-verified proof of aerial rescue training and CPR/First Aid are required to fully meet OSHA’s electrical hazards awareness certification standards.

    MAA will issue a Certificate of Attendance to participants who watch the full 3-hour course and complete the follow up quiz.  Your certificate of attendance will come from the MAA office.

    CEUS:  MCA Safety Credit (2)

    GROUP VIEWING & ADMINISTRATION:  If you would like to complete the series with your team, please contact MAA for further instructions.  Discounted rates are available. Please contact the MAA for a special rate for large groups of 10 or more.


    John Ball, Ph.D.

    John Ball is currently a Professor of Forestry at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD and serves as a campus arborist for the University and as the Forest Health Specialist for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. He received the Malo Teaching Excellence Award in 2018 for his dedication to student learning. One of his primary research interests is tree worker safety. Dr. Ball obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Forestry from Michigan Technological University.  Dr.  Ball is also on the Safety Committee for the Tree Care Industry Association. 

    • Wednesday, March 01, 2023
    • Friday, June 30, 2023
    • On Demand Webinar

    Available thru June 30th

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