Tree work is dangerous, leave it to the professionals.

crane flipped over after lifting too much weight

Just because you can do something and actually accomplish it yourself doesn’t necessarily make it a good idea. We get it. Most people choose to D-I-Y to save some money, get a little exercise, or just to have a feeling of accomplishment. What we are saying is consider the potential risks and then decide if your life and health is worth spending a little money to hire a professional tree removal company to perform this task for you.

Thousands of trained, experienced professional tree workers are injured every day, and occasionally they meet unfortunate fatal ends. Tree work is dangerous work.

Tools can become self-inflicting weapons. Chainsaws, hand saws, and ladders can inflict pain upon yourself if something goes wrong. Injuries can happen in a second, with the smallest distraction. Professionals use these tools all day, every day, all year long and still have unfortunate injuries. This is the case no matter how small or large the tree is. Is your occasional use preparation for this risk?

Tree hazards are difficult to see. Limbs may look perfectly fine, but may be completely rotten and break when weight is put on them. There are trees that are not safe to climb that we often use a bucket truck or crane to remove them because putting a climber in them poses a major possibility of injury. These risks are not easily identified. Do you feel confident in your risk assessment skills?

Trees don’t always fall in a predictable manner. Just YouTube it and you can find a ton of videos of Do-It-Yourselfers dropping trees on their houses, cars, and more. It’s not as simple as cutting a little wedge in the tree and eying it up. Even if you get the angle right, you could miscalculate the height and have the top of the tree hit something when it falls. Even if you do all of that right, the tree can kickback and hit you at the base.

This is just a few reasons to leave tree removal to the Tree Experts with lots of liability insurance. Your life, health, and property are more important than trying to save some money.

But how do you choose the right tree service.

Safety is Critical Requirement when Looking to Hire an Arborist for Tree Care. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) recommends several steps for consumers before the job begins

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (2016 November) – Tree work can be dangerous. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) reminds consumers to choose professional arborists who are well-trained in safety and industry best practices. In a field where rates of tree worker accidents and fatalities can be high – more than three times that of an average worker, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – ISA remains steadfast in raising the awareness of safety standards and the need for all tree care workers on job sites to follow suggested protocol. “Because there are no federal requirements, not all tree care workers are properly trained and credentialed,” says Jim Skiera, ISA Executive Director. “ISA Certified Arborists are knowledgeable and specially equipped to provide proper tree care in a safe manner.”

A comprehensive study by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) revealed more than 400 tree worker deaths in a five-year period from 2009 to 2013. Some of the main hazards identified in these fatalities include workers falling from or being struck by trees, injuries from chain saws and chippers, and coming in contact with power lines. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is considering federal guidelines for tree care workers. ISA was among those invited by OSHA to Washington, D.C. in July to help lead the conversation. Here are ways for consumers to be mindful about safety when hiring a tree care worker:

•Always get multiple estimates. You want to have options so that you can hire the best tree care company for your property.

•Ask questions. Make sure you understand how the company will proform the work. A qualified arborist will be able to articulate how the job will go and execute on the plan properly.

•Always ask for ISA credentials up front to ensure the worker or company is properly trained and insured.

•Find out where the arborist has performed similar work and ask for references. They should wear the industry recommended hard hat, eye and hearing protection, and gloves as part of their safety gear.

•A good arborist will thoroughly look over a work site to identify trees on the property and possible hazards before beginning a job. They will also check for issues that could lead to incidents resulting in injuries or fatalities, including falling objects.

About ISA

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), headquartered in Champaign, Ill., is a nonprofit organization supporting tree care research and education around the world. To promote the importance of arboriculture, ISA manages the consumer education web site, www.treesaregood.org, which fulfills the association’s mission to help educate the public about the importance and value of proper tree care. Also, as part of ISA’s dedication to the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees, it offers the only internationally-recognized certification program in the industry. For more information on ISA and Certified Arborists, visit isa-arbor.com.

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