Tree removal and trimming represent one of the most dangerous jobs available. Workers must use specialised equipment to take them far off the ground, then deal with falling objects weighing tonnes. Safety must always be job one in this industry. While safety in tree trimming and removal can never be guaranteed, those performing this service should make themselves knowledgeable of proper techniques and safety measures.
What Is Tree Trimming
The government considers tree trimming and removal to include the following activities concerning amenity trees:
Ground activities, such as woodchipping, stump grinding, and root pruning also fall under the category of tree removal and trimming. Almost all of these activities pose a risk to health and safety if not performed properly.
Accessing Trees Safely
Training and proper equipment can help workers to access the trees effectively while also paying attention to safety. First and foremost, all individuals assisting in the project should have training and experience in the job. Even if one member of the team lacks qualification, he or she can make mistakes that pose a threat to all on the job.
The first step in accessing the tree lies in having an experienced individual do an assessment from the ground and then help to put together a plan of action. A person can be considered qualified if capable of assessing the structural flaws of the tree and any conditions that have caused weakening. They must also be able to understand the impact of wind and weather.
Care must also be taken to identify potential threats from power lines, falling objects, and wildlife, including stinging insect nests.
Those directly involved in the trimming and removal should wear recommended clothing, including high visibility colours, cut resistant pants, and other apparel designed to enhance safety.
During the accessing process, it is vital that experienced individuals assemble and manage equipment such as ropes, harnesses, and emergency rescue measures to ensure that those working above the ground remain safe. Team members should watch each other for signs of dehydration or fatigue, especially during hot weather. An increase in tiredness can increase the likelihood of potentially deadly mistakes.
Safe Tree Felling
While all aspects of tree trimming and removal carry risk, the most dangerous stage comes when a tree must come down. Felling a tree requires skill and patience to ensure the safety of all involved. All members of the team working to fell a tree should meet appropriate qualifications and standards.
It is important to properly assess a tree before cutting into it. Decay, foreign objects, and other dangers can affect the equipment used to cut the tree and even harm operators and others.
Next, the team must put together a plan for safe felling of the tree. Work out where the tree should fall if properly cut and clear the area. Account, however, for the possibility of mistakes that could cause the tree to fall in the wrong direction. Each person involved needs to steer clear of the butt of the tree and also have an escape plan in case things go wrong.
When possible, a minimum distance of two tree lengths should be cleared before felling the tree.
Rescue and Emergency Planning
At some point, disaster will strike. Proper site management includes planning for rescue and safety when injuries occur.
Rescue and emergency planning should include consideration of the site itself. Can injured individuals be accessed quickly by emergency responders? Is a plan in place to assist responders trying to access areas that may lack good roads and GPS?
What kind of first aid equipment does the team have? While most kits contain splints, bandages, and alcohol, those working with tree trimming and removal should consider remedies for animal bites, stings, and other wildlife-related injuries.
Tree trimming and removal teams should have some redundancy in both personnel and equipment. If one person injures themself while above ground, a second should be able to deploy him or herself to retrieve the injured worker.
Failure to Plan Means Planning to Fail
Safety on a tree trimming and removal job site should always be priority one. This includes trained personnel, proper equipment, and, most importantly, safety planning. Failure to plan almost equals planning to fail and in this industry, that could mean the difference between mere injury and unnecessary death.
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