CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cary Shepherd, a 20-year veteran of Husqvarna, a world leader in outdoor power equipment for forestry, lawn and garden care, recently completed the Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) program offered by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). The CTSP program certifies those who complete the program as tree care safety experts, thereby further empowering and encouraging a culture of safety within that organization and across the industry as a whole.
Having a Certified Treecare Safety Professional on staff further confirms that Husqvarna is committed to safe practices in arboricultural operations. CTSPs are kept abreast of the latest technological advances and regulatory activities affecting the industry through the TCIA safety network, and must commit to ongoing education in the safety field in order to maintain their certification. Because safety regulations and industry standards are continually evolving, the ongoing education requirement is vital to maintaining current on safety issues.
Cary has spent 20 years presenting chain saw safety & application training programs to groups across the United States. He is now a CTSP, Certified Treecare Safety Professional in addition to already being a Certified Trainer with the International Society for Performance Improvement. He has a Husqvarna Qualified Sawyer Instructor rating and his training qualifies for CEU's with ISA International Society of Arboriculture, and TCIA. Cary is a voting member of the ANSI approved Accredited Standards Committee Z133 for Arboriculture Operations and is the Chair of the Chain Saw Sub Group.
The purpose of the CTSP program is to reduce work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses overall, and completion of the program demonstrates a true commitment to improving the safety and well-being of tree care workers across the industry.
The Husqvarna Group is the world's largest producer of outdoor power products including chainsaws, trimmers, lawn mowers and garden tractors. It is the European leader in consumer irrigation equipment under the Gardena brand. The Group is also one of the world leaders in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. Net sales in 2009 were SEK 34 billion and the average number of employees was 15,000. For more information, visit www.husqvarna.com, Facebook or Twitter.
For more information regarding the Tree Care Industry Association, visit www.tcia.org. For more information regarding the Certified Treecare Safety Professional program at TCIA or to obtain digital photos, contact Peter Gerstenberger.