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Tree trimming and removal: Follow these safety tips

It doesn’t matter if you work in the landscaping industry or are trimming a tree as part of another job, it’s critical to follow a variety of safety tips.

Tree trimming and removal doesn’t sound like the most complicated task, especially if you have experience, but one false move can result in serious injury or even death.

Here are some tips that will help keep you safe:

  • Assume that all overhead power lines are live: If you’re trimming in close proximity to power lines, don’t do anything until you contact the utility company. They can tell you more about the lines and possibly even de-energize them before you get started.
  • Don’t trim trees in inclement weather: From rain to snow, from wind to fog, don’t tackle this job in dangerous weather conditions. Doing so increases the risk of an accident.
  • Receive training on all trimming equipment: For example, you shouldn’t attempt to use a chain saw if you haven’t received the necessary training. This is a potentially dangerous piece of equipment that requires you to take special caution.
  • Wear personal safety gear: This includes but is not limited to safety glasses or goggles, gloves, hard hat and hearing protection.
  • Determine the felling direction before you cut: If you don’t do this, the tree could cause serious damage to the surrounding area. For instance, if you park your vehicle in the wrong place, the falling tree could land on it.
  • Remove loose limbs first: Old trees, for example, are often littered with damaged and loose limbs. Removing these before felling the tree will enhance your safety, while making your job easier.

One false move when trimming and/or removing a tree can result in serious injury. For example, if you accidently cut into a power line, electrocution is likely. Just the same, if a tree branch falls on you while working, it could cause a concussion or traumatic brain injury.

When you follow these tips, you’ll feel better about your ability to remain safe. But if you’re injured on the job, stop what you’re doing and receive immediate medical treatment.

Once you understand your prognosis, share it with your supervisor and then decide what to do next. You may find that filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania is critical to helping you financially as you recover.

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