15 Aug 2019

Craned up and trained up

Cranes make the tree work go 'round. More and more of our crews are boosting into the ridiculousness of crane work! This month, from our Sacramento tree service division, Hugo, Matt, and Kevin (who is being trained up by Devin) had some major takedowns with cranes. Sure, we have our superstar crane riggers like Rob, Danny, and Chad. Who we throw at the most technical and hazardous jobs, but more of our crews, in more of our areas, are getting craned up and gaining valuable experience in the art of crane removals. From a climber's point of view, there are 3 things that are critical to flawless execution: The ability...

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06 Aug 2019

Nick & Crew Dominates the Pike Project

Removed 130 Trees, 150+ ft tall, in 6 weeks. Last month Crew Leader Nick and his team -- Cody, Juan, James, Arturo, with help from Raymond & David -- successfully completed the LARGEST tree removal job we've ever done in the forest land. Completed the 6 DONE way, without injury or incident. Pike City is 2 hours North-east of Sacramento, and deep into the Tahoe National Forest in California. Nick's skills fit the bill for this large scale project. Extremely proficient in tree felling, equipment operations and job planning, his supervisor Mazzera, considers him a "strong leader and great teacher". And in Nicks words, "They were really large trees and we had...

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20 Jul 2019

2019 VERSTEEL GAMES!

Raise your saws if you had fun at the Versteel Games! Where'd the name come from? It's a made-up mix of Vermeer + Urban Steel = VerSteel. That’s where that comes from. We host Versteel games every year that combines our training with a bit of fun and competition. This year we ran the event 3 times to accommodate our growing team. Each Versteel was a jam-packed day of training, competitions, cash prizes, good food & team camaraderie. It was RIDICULOUS. We hope it was valuable, fun and you learned something to keep you growing here at A Plus. Our passion is great tree...

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06 Jul 2019

David Ingalls, Juan Ochoa & Arturo Lopez rescue a dying man.

It was hot. Like 95 degrees, dry hot. David Ingalls and his crew were on a job in Burney last Thursday, 4 hours north of the Bay Area, and deep into the heart of the woodlands. Their assigned duties involved brush clearance of a pipeline that runs into Oregon. Because of the steep terrain and rocky areas, the crews have to navigate through a maze of logging roads in search of better access points. Ingalls and the crew were traveling a logging road towards the job site when they came to a fork in the road. He was about to take a left, when...

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