The Dangers of Tree Removal
Tree care work in general is hazardous, but tree removal is especially dangerous. Successfully felling a tree requires knowledge of tree physics, biology, dangerous tools, advanced cutting techniques, and more. Homeowners who attempt their own tree removal may be injured by falling limbs, malfunctioning equipment, or the tree itself.
Common tree removal risks include:
Working near power lines is dangerous. You should always assume that the wires are live. If you, your tools, or the tree hits a power line, you may knock out the power in your neighborhood – if you’re lucky. Most likely, you will be electrocuted. Another myth homeowners may believe about power lines is that the black coating on them is insulation. This is not true. The black coating on power lines is weather-proofing for the metal cable. You can still get electrocuted through the weather-proofing.
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OSHA requires tree removal professionals to wear protective gear from head to toe. Tree care professionals are also trained in using equipment such as chain saws, ropes, cranes, and wood chippers to safely fell and dispose of a tree. Homeowners would need all of this equipment – and the requisite expertise – to perform a safe removal. Without it, they expose themselves to unnecessary risk.
A dead or dying tree is often decaying from the inside out, making it extremely unstable. Even professionals sometimes use cranes to remove such deadwood. If you think your tree is starting to decay, find a professional tree care expert to remove it before it collapses. There are critical tree structure assessment processes to understand when removing decayed trees, so professional help is necessary.
Once the tree starts falling, you have no control over where it goes. It also may not fall the way you expect it to, even if you try to influence it with carefully cut indentations or ropes. Poor judgment could result in the tree falling on property, homes, power lines, or people.
Homeowners should never attempt their own tree removal. It isn’t worth the risk, and will likely cause more problems than it solves. Will your homeowner’s insurance cover damages or injury should it happen?
If you have a tree that needs to be removed, Call Brennan’s Tree Service and a professional tree care expert will be able to determine the best way to safely remove your tree.
Breann’s is a licensed tree care expert with the state of NJ. Our license number is #499.