March 06

Tree Safety Tips

Now that winter is coming to a close, it’s time to start trimming trees. Trees can be a cause of danger for some obvious reasons, and here at NIP Group with the LandPro and/or TreePro program, the commercial insurance for landscapers, arborists, and tree services, we want to ensure your safety. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has compiled a few safety tips to help both tree care professionals and private citizens to stay safe.

• Never trim trees in dangerous weather conditions. You should also, be sure to perform a hazard assessment of the work area before starting work.

• Those who operate chainsaws should be trained properly and know how to keep the equipment properly maintained. Always wear protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, hearing protection, or anything else recommended in the equipment manufacturer’s operating manual.

• Determine the tree’s felling direction, as well as the proper amount of hinge wood to safely guide the tree’s fall.

• Inspect tree limbs for stability and strength before climbing. When the tree has been determined safe to climb, be sure to climb with no tools in hand. If a tree is under pressure, make sure to determine the direction of the pressure and make small cuts to release it.

• Be alert at all times. Never turn your back on a falling tree and watch for any objects that may be thrown back by a tree while it falls.

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