Lewis Tree Service, Inc Crew Leader in Muncie, Indiana
QUALIFICATIONS FOR A LINE CLEARANCE CREW LEADER
A total of three years experience working on tree trimming crews or clearing crews and must successfully complete a Crew Leader Technical Knowledge & Skills Certification.
Demonstrate a general knowledge of trees including: identification, growth habits and correct arboriculture techniques for the trimming, pruning, repairing, maintaining and removing.
Know and understand the American National Standards for tree care operations ANSI Z133.1.
Know and understand all AOPs that apply to the Line Clearance Crew Leader’s job description.
Must have a basic knowledge of electrical circuits and must be skilled in the reading and understanding circuit maps.
Have a valid drivers license, CDL and/or medical certificate as required for the vehicle being operated.
Have a valid First Aid and CPR card.
Must demonstrate ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, with general public, customers and fellow employees.
Must have and maintain a Herbicide Applicators or Operators Certification license as required by Lewis Tree Service Policy and state, local and federal law.
Must have met all qualifications of Top Trimmer.
NATURE OF DUTIES
Oversees a line clearance crew and is responsible for the proper administration, informing and enforcement of work practices, such as: training, employee indoctrination and follow up, absenteeism policy, informing employees, quantity and quality of work production, adherence to enforcement of safety practices and other employee relations responsibilities and interpretation and application of union agreement where applicable.
Is responsible for promoting sound relations with their employees on all personal matters for exercising fair and reasonable judgment in settling employee misunderstandings. When such employee misunderstandings result in grievance, the crew leader is responsible for the employee’s furnishing the supervisor a report of the facts. The crew leader represents or assists the General Foreman in representing the division and company at the initial step of the grievance procedure.
Is subject to intermittent supervision by the General Foreman according to the size of company operations in the area. The crew leader must also be capable of responsible, independent action that will mutually benefit both the utility and Lewis Tree Service, Inc.
Directs the crews in the field and performs the following job
tasks as required or assigned:
a) Trims trees, involving climbing and working in trees
(usually near energized lines).
b) Removes trees and brush, clean-up and dispose of all
debris. Secure appropriate permits fordisposal, when
c) Operates power equipment such as truck, power saws,
power winch, aerial lift, chipper, sprayer,
pneumatic tools; Uses ladders and hand tools such as
axes, hand lines, saws, block and tackle, pruners, etc.
d) Sprays brush and stumps; making proper application of
spray chemicals to prevent damage to desirable
Receives and interprets tree trimming, removal and spraying orders initiated by General Foreman or a representative of the utility. This involves an understanding of drawings and symbols representing types of lines, voltage, line equipment, etc.
Plans and lays out daily work for crew. Considers such factors as ability to get power equipment to locations, time required to complete work, clean-up time, equipment available, weather conditions, customers permission, etc. The need for close oversight and proper rigging to avoid incident orproperty damage in removing large trees in cramped space.
Performs a Pre-Job Hazard Survey at each job site with all crew members and assigns work task based on individual’s knowledge skills and abilities.
Enforces safe practices, arranging the overhead line dispatch
for rubber hose protection on energized wires, or requests of
shut-down of high voltage lines. Recognizes poisonous plants
and uses proper safeguard. Is responsible for the conduct of
safety training of assigned personnel and accordance with
good safety training procedures, this in addition to and in
coordination with client company policies and procedures.**
- Obtains oral or written permission from property owners to trim or remove trees. Arranges with customer or property owner to obtain access; advises of interruption, explains work to be done, etc. Discusses responsibility for apparent damage to property; repairs minor damage, refers controversial cases to General Foreman. In general, promotes and maintains good customer and public relations through the
proper accomplishment of assigned work and through the
proper behavior of employees under their direction.**
- Responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of all record
and reports related to the performance of crew operations.
Furnishes General Foreman and utility representative with
reports of orders completed, units of work completed, crew
time and distribution, etc. Periodically furnishes reports on
incidents, truck breakdowns, private property damage, new
employee follow ups, etc. May be delegated the authority to
analyze incident reports, damage claims, etc.**
Responsible for control of crew costs including such factors, as effective use of crew members, work methods, proper amount of trimming, operation of equipment, etc.
Considers inclement weather conditions and determines when
to start or cease work, dependent upon its effect on the
employees and the nature of the work.**
- Safeguards employees and public (especially children) from hazards in and around work area.**
Cooperates with customer, police and fire departments when blocking streets or driveways. Sets
up barriers, warning signs, markers, etc. to protect employees and the public. Follows and
enforces safe work practice, rules and policies.**
- Responsible for the inspection, proper working condition and necessary repairs to tools, truck and
other work equipment. Request major repairs or replacements when necessary. Maintains good
housekeeping on trucks and at work locations. Responsible for the respectful appearance of
personnel on their crew.
- Keeps informed on the new equipment specifications, standard practices, operating procedures,
division and company employee relations policies and practices, union agreements, etc. Conducts
field training or retraining and instructs crew on new or revised job units.
- In emergency situations, determines action to be taken to eliminate hazards to life and property and
the trimming and removal of trees to expedite the restoration of service. If necessary, the calling out of
crew personnel and performing other activities connected with emergency work. Must maintain a current
list of locations where crew personnel may be contacted at any time.
Crew leaders must maintain dialogue with customers, property owner general public, other contractors and representatives of Utility and Governmental agencies.
Insuring the work is done in a professional manner with full disclosure to all parties will enhance our ability to obtain future permissions for all tree work.
In addition to above, performs other duties as required or assigned.
Requisition Number: 16-0052
Post Date: 9/9/2016
Title: Crew Leader