Cutting down and removing a tree is one of the most challenging and hazardous landscaping jobs. To safely remove a tree, a person must understand physics and the biology of trees, use the proper equipment, and recognize dangerous plants, insects, and deadwood. Every year, the media reports stories of people who were injured or killed in a tree-related incident. When a home or business owner attempts to fell and remove a tree, they put themselves at risk of serious injury or, potentially, death. In light of the dangers, it is essential to call in a professional tree service company that is skilled and qualified to safely remove a dead or unwanted tree.
Tree Care Tips, a resource provided by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), lists some of the risks of felling a tree.
OSHA requires tree removal professionals to wear appropriate protective gear, including gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, and hearing protection. In addition, tree service technicians are thoroughly trained on how to operate equipment such as chain saws, ropes, cranes, and wood chippers. Without the equipment and expertise to safely remove a tree, homeowners put themselves, their property, and any bystanders at risk.
Dead and dying trees are unpredictable and unstable. Often, they decay from the inside out, and they can collapse without warning. A professional understands tree biology, which is essential to consider when dealing with a decaying tree.
When a tree falls, homeowners have no control over where it lands, even if they try to influence the trajectory with carefully cut indentations or ropes. The tree could fall on homes, cars, power lines, or people.
According to Tree Care Tips, “Working near power lines is risky, and you should always assume that the wires are live. If you, your tools, or the tree hits a power line, you may knock out the power in your neighborhood – if you’re lucky. Most likely, you will be electrocuted.” A common myth about power lines is that the black coating on the wires is insulation. The coating is actually weatherproofing for the cable and will not prevent electrocution. OSHA lists the following guidelines that professional tree care personnel must follow when working around powerlines:
- Contact the utility company to discuss de-energizing and grounding or shielding of power lines.
- All tree trimming or removal work within ten feet of a power line must be done by trained and experienced line-clearance tree trimmers. A second tree trimmer is required within normal voice communication range.
- Line-clearance tree trimmers must be aware of and maintain the proper minimum approach distances when working around energized power lines.
- Use extreme caution when moving ladders and equipment around downed trees and power lines.
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