Cutting or trimming trees is a dangerous occupation. Even small trees can be extremely heavy, and trimming or removal can be complicated by power lines, weather conditions, or other hazards. Large trees pose extreme risk, especially if there are other trees, homes, or power lines nearby.
Most people who work in tree cutting or trimming are trained specifically for the job. That does not mean, however, that accidents and injuries cannot happen. Some of the risks involved with tree cutting or trimming include:
· Exposure to power lines
· Falling tree branches
· Falling power tools
· Inadequate or faulty safety gear
· Slips, trips, or falls
· Projectiles causing eye injury
Any of these risks can cause injury, or be potentially deadly. It is important to always practice safe tree cutting, trimming, and removal practices.
How to Avoid Injuries when Cutting/Trimming Trees
To avoid injuries when cutting or trimming trees, the first thing any worker should do is conduct a pre-assessment of the tree and possible risks. Once that is done and work is ready to commence, workers should do the following:
· Wear a hard hat
· Wear protective eye and ear gear
· Train all workers on proper use of tools
· Always follow instructions for use of tools or gear
· Comply with guidelines on power lines (10-feet)
· Always properly tie-in
· Work with a partner on the ground
No matter how big or small the job may seem, it is important that workers and those nearby are protected.