For those who are inexperienced, tree care in general can be hazardous, but tree removal is especially dangerous. Successfully felling a tree requires knowledge of tree physics, biology, dangerous tools, advanced cutting techniques, and more. Falling limbs, malfunctioning equipment or the tree itself may injure homeowners who attempt their own tree removal, which is why we always recommend using Independent Tree Services.
Having experience with tree removal equipment like chainsaws and wood chippers is absolutely essential when it comes to personal safety. These are extremely dangerous tools that must be handled with care and operated by a trained professional or qualified arborist.
A big concern when removing tree limbs are power lines in the area. Some trees are so large that the limbs may extend up around power lines, creating a risky situation when it comes time to remove those limbs and branches. If a limb should come loose and hit an electrical line, it can be deadly. An arborist from Independent Tree Services knows to handle tree limb removal safely around power lines to reduce risk of accidents and injuries.
- Make sure you are properly trained on how to use the equipment.
- Before trimming a tree, inspect the area to identify possible hazards, for example, power lines, broken or cracked limbs after a severe storm.
- Always take appropriate actions to prevent injuries or accidents.
- Assume any power lines are “live”. Avoid any direct or indirect contact with the power line until the utility or hydro company has verified that the line is not in use.
- Mark off area around tree and prevent bystander access. Always work with another person who stays on the ground.
- Learn to recognise trees weakened by disease and types of trees prone to cracking.
- Inspect tree limbs for strength before climbing. Check for cavities in the tree, rotten or dead branches, splits and cracks in the trunk or where branches are attached or broken branches hanging in the tree.
- If a ladder is used, tie it off on a secure branch.