NATS Presentations and Safety Skills Arena at TCI EXPO ‘22

Jessica CoferBlog

We’re traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina next month for TCI EXPO ’22, and we look forward to seeing you there! The EXPO, which will be held November 10 – 12, is considered the world’s largest tree care industry conference and trade show.

This year we are thrilled that our NATS colleagues will be on the EXPO schedule for  presentations and speaking events for attendees.

The topics that will be covered by NATS’ experts this year are:
Deep Dive into Mechanical Hitches (Thursday, Nov. 10, 1:15 p.m.)
Mechanical Advantage Has the Advantage (Friday, Nov. 11, 2:30 p.m.)
Six Step Felling Plan – 1.0 CTSP CEU; 1 ISA CEU (Saturday, Nov. 12, 8:15 a.m.)
Navigating Your Way Through the Canopy (Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.)

In addition to these presentations, NATS is also bringing our popular Safety Skills Arena back to the trade show floor, so sharpen your skills and get your teams ready! The three skills that will be put to the test this year are chainsaw safety and cutting techniques; technical tree climbing; and arborist rigging.

To participate in the Skills Arena, teams of three or four are invited to sign up for specific challenges each morning at the NATS trade show booth; challenges are first-come, first-served, and space is limited. Each one-and-a-half-hour session will include dynamic and engaging instruction, as well as demonstration by NATS trainers of industry best practices of the skills. Participants will then compete in teams in a variety of skill challenges, including technical chainsaw use, technical tree climbing, and arborist technical rigging.

There’s more than just a good time in store for participants. During the challenges, participants will perform hands-on demonstrations of their knowledge of the skills at hand, as well as safe work practices. NATS trainers will have a keen eye on activities, assessing proper application of safe work practices and techniques, with point deductions and time added to the total score if there are any safety violations. The skills challenges are not designed to measure speed, but safe and efficient application of technique and to gain proficiency in important industry skills.

“Not only are we providing training and education in these three domains, but each challenge mimics a job site to demonstrate safe work zones, as well as encourage teamwork,” explained Karen Hauck, NATS’ Chief Operating Officer.

A total of four to six teams can compete in each session, and the teams with the safest and most proficient performance will win terrific prize packages from our Safety Alliance Partners.

Register today and join us at TCI EXPO ’22. We’ll see you in Charlotte!

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