Residents should think twice before deciding to trim or remove trees on their own, as it is a dangerous process that must be handled with extreme caution.
According to officials from the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), besides the fact that some trees are quite tall, they are usually around power lines, so this type of work must be done by trained staff.
Only qualified tree trimmers are allowed to perform such an operation, especially when a tree is within 10 feet radius of a power line. The job must be done by two persons who must be able to talk with each other within the standard range of voice communication.
These professionals know that they always must assume that all power lines are dangerous and most likely energized. This way, they won’t take unnecessary risks. All residents are requested to contact the utility companies to shield, ground, or de-energize power lines before trimming.
This process must not be done in dangerous weather conditions, especially during rain or strong winds. No one should use trimming equipment or chainsaws if they are not adequately trained. Regarding the equipment, the agency underlines that it must be in perfect condition.
This kit includes hearing protection, hard hats, safety glasses, and gloves. Tree trimmers wear all of them during the trimming process. It should be determined the direction where the tree is going to fall based on lean issues.
Another important aspect is that there should always be a retreat path to a safe location and enough hinge wood to direct the tree’s fall into the right place to avoid any possible accidents. A trained tree trimmer will never climb a tree without examining first the stability and strength of the limbs.
Even so, every tree trimmer wears fall protection equipment as well to reduce the risks of getting injured as much as possible. Also, professionals are not allowed to climb trees with tools in their hands because they will be more likely to fall.
Some broken trees are under pressure, so trimmers first establish the direction of the pressure and release it with small cuts. This is the best method of precaution to reduce the risks. The worst mistake would be to turn your back on a falling tree because you can never be sure of its fall direction or a limb might break anytime.
When trees are lodged against other trees, or they have not fallen to the ground yet, tree trimmers take other measures of precaution to make sure that the falling tree will not represent a danger to anyone.
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