While trimming and removing trees may be routine for many contractors, it comes with a number of hazards that must be taken into consideration when visiting a site. Let’s review some of the most important health and safety considerations.
When trees lie near power lines, crews must always proceed as if the lines are energized. Before beginning a project, companies should contact the utility company to discuss de-energizing and grounding the lines.
Even if there are no power lines nearby, contractors must plan carefully and stay alert to keep safe. Every project should start with a detailed blueprint that outlines how trimmers will determine the tree’s falling direction, as well as a retreat path for when it does topple. Further, employers must provide adequate protective equipment to guard against projectile objects from falling trees.
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