Tree Trimming Workshop

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Tree Trimming Workshop

Tree Trimming Workshop

Date: October 20-21, 2021
  • Day 1: Oct 20, 2021 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2: Oct 21, 2021 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Brainerd Public Utilities, 8027 Highland Scenic Road, Brainerd, MN 56401
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Maintaining your electric lines often includes some degree of tree care. And following a storm or strong winds, clearing trees from power lines may be necessary to restore service. This workshop is intended for lineworkers and will include classroom and hands-on instruction in the field.

It's vital that crews are properly trained and comply with applicable Safety Standards, including OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.268, 1910.269 and 1910.333, and ANSI Z133.1-2000.

This workshop offers lineworkers a thorough overview of electrical line tree trimming. This course will stress the importance of the job briefing and planning for the job. Safety hazards will be identified and the precautions to take will be covered.

James Monroe, MMUA's Job Training & Safety and Apprenticeship Instructor will lead the instruction. James worked for Carr's Tree Service as a Climber doing tree trimming/clearing/removal for more than 4 years prior to joining MMUA.

Additional Instructors: Mark Hottel, Certified Safety Professional and Raoul Blackman, Certified Arborist

Topics To Be Covered

  • Review of OSHA and ANSI Safety Standards
  • Chainsaw safety and maintenance
  • Overview of tree species; best time of year to cut them
  • Best practices to prevent the spread of disease
  • Proper way to trim a tree and how much to trim
  • Tree cuts for clearing trees and tree limbs from power lines
  • Proper techniques on felling trees
  • How to be an effective team and work safely on the ground and in the bucket
  • Basic rigging for dropping limbs safely


Wednesday, October 20
12:00-1:00  Registration Check In
1:00  Welcome & Cover Rules, James Monroe, MMUA and Trent Hawkinson, Brainerd Public Utilities

1:15-4:00  Classroom Instruction Covering:

  • Safety Standards
  • Hazard Recognition
  • Accident Review
  • Bore Cut Felling
  • Tree Trimming/Cutting Recommendations

Thursday, October 21
8:00-12:00  Hands-On Tree Work
12:00-1:00  Lunch Served at Brainerd Public Utilities
1:00-4:00  Hands-On Tree Work

*Schedule subject to change without notice.

What to Bring

Each participant is required to bring personal protective equipment (PPE) and a chainsaw:

  • Facemask/Face Covering (if not fully vaccinated for COVID-19)
  • Work Gloves/Gauntlets
  • Work Boots
  • Hard Hat
  • Safety Glasses/Face Protection
  • Hearing Protection
  • Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Appropriate High Visibility Equipment (Vest/Jacket)
  • Chaps
  • Chainsaw in Protective Case & Extra Chain
  • Mixed Gas, In Approved Container

Certificate of Achievement

Attendees earn a certificate of achievement for their participation. Watch for an email notification from MMUA with the certificate, upon completion of the course.

Registration Fees

Registration for this course is limited:

  • Must be a lineworker
  • Must work for a municipal utility that is a member of MMUA
  • Limited to the first 50 lineworkers who register

Member Rate: $300 per person

Registration fee includes workshop tuition, materials, Thursday lunch, refreshment breaks and a certificate of achievement.

Registration fee increases $50 on September 20.

Deadline to register is Thursday, September 30 or when registration sold out (maximum 50).

Cancellations / Refunds

MMUA charges a $30 processing fee per person for registrations cancelled on/by September 30. MMUA must be notified by 4:30 pm on September 30 to qualify for a refund. Sorry, no refunds issued for cancellations after September 30, 2021.

Hotel / Motel Information

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes
6967 Lake Forest Road
Baxter, MN 56425
Phone: 218.822.5634

MMUA has negotiated reduced room rates starting at $99/night, plus tax. To obtain MMUA's reduced rate, please call Arrowwood Lodge directly to make a reservation (mention MMUA/ask for MMUA's room block rate).

NOTE: Reduced rate expires on September 20, however, because availability is limited and cannot be guaranteed, we recommend you make your reservation as soon as possible.


By registering for this event I/we, the registered attendee(s), authorize Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) to photograph me at this event and use such photographs in MMUA marketing materials (both electronic and print). I understand that I will not be paid for giving this consent. Likewise, anyone who attends as a substitute for a registered individual understands MMUA may take their photograph and utilize the photograph in marketing materials, and the individual(s) grants consent to MMUA with the understanding that they will not be paid.


Contact Theresa Neddermeyer by calling 763.551.1230 or email

printable brochure is available.


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