OSHA Tree Removal Safety Tips
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has certain safety requirements about the process of tree removal aiming to limit the potential hazards for the person that doing the work as well as the injury cases which accidentally occurred during a tree removal.
I prepared a short list of some of them, so you can also get an idea about the safety hazards a tree removal job hides.
Dos and Don’ts When Trimming or Cutting a Tree
1. Assess all of the hazards before beginning to work. Eliminate the ones that bother you.
2. If the weather is not okay, then postpone the work and do it when the sky clears up. Otherwise completing the job may turn into a dangerous adventure.
3. Make sure you have all the protective equipment necessary – helmets, safety glasses, protection gloves, hearing protection, etc.
4. Never climb with tools in your hands. You better inspect the tree limbs for stability and strength before climbing if you want to make sure that they will resist your weight without breaking while you are still working.
5. If you are operating a chainsaw or other specialized equipment, make sure you are well-trained and qualified to do this; Otherwise, you risk to harm yourself. Also, check if the tool you intend to use is well maintained and in good condition.
6. Do some calculations:
determine the tree’s felling direction and the potential issues
calculate the amount of hinge wood to guide the trees fall safely
identify the direction of the pressure if your question concerns a broken trees are under pressure, make a small cut to release it
7. Always face the falling tree, so you can avoid any potential objects thrown back by the tree as it falls.
8. Contact your utility company if you have to work over power lines. I advise you to call a line-clearance tree trimmer who have experienced in such complicated tree service projects. A specialist will know best how to maintain the proper minimum approach distances when working around energized power lines and how to be extra cautious when moving the equipment around them as well.
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Courtesy of osha.gov