Friday, June 26, 2015

It's not for the faint of heart & it's more dangerous than you think!

What scares you most? Falling from heights? Electrical getting electrocuted? Wounds from chain saws? Contact with poisonous plants? These are just some of the hazards that tree workers face on a daily basis. Tree trimming especially is a hazardous you can see from the video!

Tree trimming can be a dangerous job. We are fully equipped to handle hazardous tree removals and large tree trimming...
Posted by Trees R Us, Inc on Thursday, June 11, 2015

It is important that a tree service provide it's worker with a safe and healthful workplace. Any tree service needs to enforce safety standards outlined by OSHA; providing training, outreach, and education; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. This is important for you to know because it is equally important that you choose to hire or work with a tree service that has adopted and enforces a strict safety regiment. In addition, it is important the the tree service in licensed, bonded and insured. Why? Because accidents do happen regardless of how careful we try to be. A tree service that is not insured to a liability to you as a homeowner or municipality official. Even more of a liability to you is a tree service that practices unsafe techniques. Depending on the type of work you need from your tree service, here is a list of hazards that the tree workers can face at your property or in your village.

  • Falls from heights 
  • Use of aerial lifts and other heavy equipment operation 
  • Work zone safety Contact with downed lines and live electrical equipment and other utilities (e.g., gas, water) 
  • Chain saws 
  • Impact from tree debris and felled trees 
  • Wood chippers 
  • Power and hand tool use 
  • Noise 
  • Improper ladder use 
  • Contact with poisonous plants 
  • Discovery of unknown chemicals 
  • Other potential hazards
When you hire a tree service, check their credentials. Do they have insurance? Are they practicing safely? One way to check into their safety is to see them in action. Are the workers wearing hard hats? Do they have protective eye and ear gear? Do they wear or use harnesses, lanyards, lifelines, connectors, anchorages, and anchor points? If not, walk away and choose another tree service. They are not in compliance with safety rules and regulations which makes an already hazardous profession even more hazardous...for the workers and the homeowner, village or commercial building. 

Going out on a limb,

Jenni Willis
Trees "R" Us, Inc.

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