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Safety First

Safety is a subject that should never be overlooked in any occupation; especially in the tree service business. Logging is the most dangerous job in the country, averaging over 30 times more dangerous than the typical job. Loggers work outdoors and are often in remote areas. The most common accident in the tree business is being struck by a log or tree branch. Trees can be very unpredictable and anyone holding a chainsaw should be properly trained. A chainsaw contributes to the physical demands of the job and can be a dangerous piece of machinery; I even have a few scars to prove it! My Husqvarna chainsaw is not the typical back yard chainsaw. It weighs approximately 27 pounds, and includes bars measuring 20”, 24”, and 38” long. My heavy equipment has also put me in some precarious situations while on the side of a steep hill or along the logging road.

OSHA maintains specific safety guidelines for those in the tree trimming and removal business. Power lines can be a major concern and trimming or removal work must be done within ten feet of a power line by trained and experienced tree trimmers. The use of personal protective equipment is also a must. My hard hat, face shield, and ear protection are my first line of protection and safety.

Remember: There are many things that can and do go wrong during tree removal. If you plan to do the task yourself, be confident that you are properly trained and protected. If you are unsure, it may be best to contact a professional.

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