Jacobs Tree Surgery recently authored a blog post that asks: “Is Tree Work Dangerous?” – a fitting question for the last week of Safety Month.
The story told is a familiar one, of an untrained person attempting to perform hazardous tree work without any precautions or help. In this particular story, a daughter tried to help her parents by removing damaged branches from a tree in front of their house, but with disastrous consequences:
“The tree, a white pine, had been damaged (like so many in our area!) by that last big snowstorm last winter. Several broken branches were still hung up in the tree where, if they were dislodged, they might land in the street and hurt someone.”
The daughter, who was visiting, decided to take care of the eyesore herself:
“She climbed the tree and a branch broke and she fell to the ground. Her mother told me they all feel fortunate she will walk again, but she is still recovering from a broken back, broken neck, and broken ribs.”
Following this incident, the family realized that a professional needed to be called in, which is when Jacobs Tree Surgery entered the picture and safely disposed of the faulty tree.
TCIA Safety Resources
Jacobs Tree Surgery ended the blog post with a reminder – tree work doesn’t have to be dangerous, especially for trained professionals!
Safety is one of our greatest priorities here at TCIA, and to that end we offer many resources to ensure that our member companies learn techniques that will keep them safe on the job.
We offer many safety training programs, including the Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) credentialing program and the Electrical Hazards Awareness Program (EHAP), and regularly draw attention to the treecare related accidents. We also ensure that our member companies are in compliance with the safety standards set by OSHA, and that they adhere to the well-known ANSI Z133.1 standard.
Be sure to check out the safety resources we offer – especially the highlights for National Safety Month, which is wrapping up this week!