July 06

Recognize The Risks: Tree Removal

Tree removal is one of largest services that arborists are sought after for, because the average consumer doesn’t have the equipment necessary to perform the job themselves. Being a job that most arborists perform day in and day out, it’s easy to fall into a routine; it really happens to the best of us.

Falling into a routine for a job one performs every day is all well and good, but it’s important, especially on tree removal jobs, to always recognize and remember the risks involved with performing the service. It is easy to forget small steps in the grand scheme of taking down a large tree on a customer’s property.

The team at the LandPro / TreePro Program, the largest national business insurance program for landscapers and arborists, has seen many claims in the last two decades related to tree removal accidents and we’ve been able to compile a list of the best ways to prevent them from happening in the first place.

Always Mind the Weather
As simple as it sounds, making sure to work in favorable weather is a huge factor in lowering the risk of a tree removal operation. Rain makes trees very slick as well as the ground very soft which could have an effect on where and when the tree comes down. High winds are also dangerous to work in as they can also throw off where the tree lands.

Dress the Part
Attire is very important as well when working on a tree removal site. Be sure to wear shirts and pants that are not loose fitting and will protect from splinters; as well as gloves and boots that offer good grip. Whether a worker is on the ground or up in the tree this attire is essential in staying safe. Loose fitting clothes are especially dangerous to wear if one is manning the wood chipper as clothes could get caught and pull them in, causing very serious injury. Over your clothing, it’s imperative to wear a hard hat and safety goggles for protection and an orange vest to be easily seen.

Treat All Power Tools with Respect
It doesn’t matter how long anyone has been using a tool like a chainsaw, stump grinder, or wood chipper; the minute one acts carelessly with a power tool is the minute they get hurt. The tools incorporated with tree removal are especially dangerous, most notably the chainsaw and wood chipper. Always take things slow when using them and always make sure to have good footing before beginning.

Always Be Aware of Co-Workers Whereabouts
Every single contractor on a job site is responsible for their own, and everyone else’s safety. Knowing where everyone is could save someone from a potential accident. Going back to dressing the appropriate way, this is where the orange vests help immensely.

Clear the Area
Once it is close to the time that the tree will be coming down, stop the presses. Make sure to clear the area of anyone who doesn’t need to be around (especially anyone who isn’t working like the homeowner, kids, pedestrians, etc.). Once everyone is accounted for, begin to bring the tree to the ground.

Following these guidelines will significantly lower the risks involved with tree removal projects and make claims a lot less likely to occur.

For more information, visit LandPro / TreePro.

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