Tree service equipment can be dangerous if not used properly, so it is essential to take the necessary safety precautions when using this type of equipment. Before each use, safety equipment must be inspected and any defective or damaged items should be immediately removed from service. Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as helmets, face protectors, safety goggles, shoes, gloves, high-visibility clothing, and hearing protection should be worn at all times. Tree trimmers face a number of risks when pruning a tree, including falls, electrical hazards, and being hit by falling branches.
To ensure safety, all work on trees must be done under the direction of a qualified tree worker (QTW). Before beginning any work, the QTW will inspect the tree and soil for potential hazards such as power lines and broken branches. The most common types of injuries during tree pruning are falls, electrocution, and blows with trees. To keep yourself safe from these hazards, you should use specific safety equipment for tree pruning.
This includes climbing equipment such as harnesses, belts, ropes, cords, slings and carabiners suitable for the job. The parts of the tree that should be inspected for strength and stability before climbing include the root neck, trunk and branches. In addition to using the right safety equipment, there are other safety tips you should follow when pruning or removing trees. If the tree extends over a road or public area, signs and cones should be used to direct people and traffic around it.
Late fall or early winter is the best time to prune deciduous trees as they have lost their leaves by then. It is also important to understand the basic concepts of safety when pruning trees to avoid any type of accident. Tree workers must take all necessary precautions to ensure their own safety while working with tree service equipment. This includes wearing the appropriate PPE and using the right climbing equipment. It is also important to inspect the tree before beginning any work and to use signs and cones if necessary.
Finally, understanding the basics of safety when pruning trees can help prevent accidents.