Husqvarna is helping to increase workforce safety within the arborist industry by donating $12,500 to the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund’s (TREE Fund) Safe Arborist Techniques Fund. The donation was made during the International Society of Arboriculture’s 2012 Conference and Trade Show.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, average job growth in the arborist industry is projected to be 18% from 2010 to 2020 – and the fatal injury rate was 14.3 per 100,000 full-time workers in 2010.
“Husqvarna understands the potential dangers that exist in the fields that our customers work in, and this is why safety features are an important standard across all of our products and why we value the research which helps to develop safer equipment and practices in our industry,” said John Marchionda, vice president of marketing for Husqvarna. “Arborist work can be particularly dangerous, and we chose to support the Safe Arborist Techniques Fund because the TREE Fund is a leader in promoting safety and education to protect the arborist workforce.”
The Safe Arborist Techniques Fund supports research focusing on techniques and equipment used in climbing, rigging and working on trees, and education of the workforce in order to create a safer working environment for tree care professionals. The Fund is administered by the TREE Fund, which is the leading non-governmental source of funding for research and education programs in the field of arboriculture.