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We Put Safety First, Always

Safety is at the heart of our utility vegetation management solutions. It’s inherently risky work – enormous systems transmitting high voltages across great distances, and each of the ancillary services that make this possible. Nothing is more important than sending people home safe at the end of each day.


Our dedication to safe practices stretches back to the initial development of the Z133 safety standard; ACRT founder Dick Abbott was vice chair of the original Z committee. It continues through today. We were recently honored to have one of our employees Kevin Myers receive the inaugural Utility Arborist Association’s Silver Shield safety champion award.

Safety is ingrained in our DNA. It comes first in everything we do. That doesn’t just mean we start meetings by talking about safety (although we do that, too); it includes having a dedicated Safety Team devoted to the health and safety of our employees. We have safety-focused volunteers or Area Safety Representatives throughout their region, assisting in training and tracking of safety-related items.

Programs are designed to reward excellent safety practices and provide learning opportunities when necessary. Employees share in the success for reaching safety goals. Rewards range from free apparel and electronics to days off and monetary incentives.

We’re creating awareness for the importance of safety through our comprehensive safety management strategy SAFE.

SAFE is made up of eight basic principles:

1. Personal Accountability

Our employees recognize the responsibility to correct hazards and identify at-risk behaviors. Many of our employees work as solitary units, and personal accountability is key to remaining safe when they’re out in the field.

2. Recurrent Training

Safety is the most important training factor our employees receive, but it’s not just one and done. We’re always learning, and having recurring safety training allows our employees to remain up to date on the safest practices while encouraging self-awareness and competency in the field.

3. Employee Input

Nothing is set in stone. As times change, so do our programs, and we welcome our employees’ expert insight on how we can continue to grow our work practices and safety strategy.

4. Recognizing Responsibility

Safety strategies become safe habits through leading by example. Our management team embodies this by reinforcing safe behaviors and refusing to tolerate behaviors that put employees at risk.

5. Safety is Good Business

Simply put, being safe is the right thing to do, but if that’s not enough, we wholeheartedly embrace safety practices because it saves our clients’ money.

6. Injuries are Preventable

Staying safe means taking preventative action to make sure that incidents don’t occur, and when they do, it means fully understanding the corrective actions needed to make sure they don’t happen again.

7. Ethical Responsibility

Our dedication to safety and the foundation for our company culture stems from the fact that we truly care about our employees and want to make sure they return home in the same condition they left.

8. Communication

Communication is a key part of safety, and by making sure that everyone within our organization is on the same page, we can take the proper steps towards strong safety awareness and practices.

Want to learn more about how we bring safety into everything we do? Hear what our customers have to say about partnering with our team.

I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the dedication of all ACRT employees, especially from the SCUFs. Your team is stepping up to the plate to ensure future outages and fire risks are being minimized. Thank you.

Karsten SchulzPacific Gas & Electric