Tree Removal Safety Tips
Tree removal is a task that's usually performed by professionals. However, if you are a DIY enthusiast, you can execute the exercise on your own as well. This will, however, require effectiveness and efficiency in the process because there are some serious risks involved in the removal. Therefore, you want to ensure that you get it right and avoid any safety risks.
For this reason, if you want to conduct a hazard-free tree removal exercise, here are a few tree removal dangers you should be aware of and the safety measures you can take to avert the negative effects posed by these dangers.
Dangers Caused By the Tree Removal Tools and Dangers Caused By Poisonous Insects or Leaking Chemicals/Saps
Your tree removal tools can turn out to be very dangerous tools if not handled properly. The wood chippers, chain saws, and other tree removal equipment can inflict serious injuries and damages to your arms, hands, and legs even with the slightest distractions. Such injuries may not only cause health issues, but can also lead to financial shortages in terms of recovery as well as the hospital costs.
In addition, some trees could be harbouring poisonous insects and others could be leaking a poisonous sap. All these can pose very serious health risks. For this reason, to protect yourself from these dangers, you need safety equipment. For dangers caused by the tools, look for chainsaw protective gear or clothing. This may include thick clothing that will handle the debris thrown off by the chainsaw or any other tools. You will want to have jamming protective chaps as well to help prevent injuries in case your chainsaw comes too close. For both the tools and poisonous insects or leaking chemicals, wear your helmet, gloves, and safety glasses to protect yourself from being affected by the toxins from the insects or the leaking sap.
Dangers Caused By Proximity to Electricity/Power Lines
If you are working on a tree that's near a power line and the branches, tree removal tools, or even you yourself accidentally fall on these lines, there are high chances of electrocution. For this reason, the rule of the thumb when planning to remove a tree that's near a power line is to always assume that the lines are energised. Therefore, make sure that you contact your utility company before you start the tree removal exercise. They will help you find a solution to de-energise the lines or shield them while you remove the tree.