We often talk about the dangers of not properly caring for damaged trees, but the truth is that removing trees can also be a very dangerous process. Keep reading to learn about the different factors that make tree removal hazardous and how Washington Tree Experts is committed to safety.
Dangers of Tree Removal
While homeowners can do many yard maintenance tasks on their own, tree removal isn’t one of them. The following factors all contribute to the danger of tree removal, making professional and experienced arborists an absolute necessity:
- Equipment: Safe tree removal requires the proper equipment and expertise to use it. Arborists have training in the use of wood chippers, ropes, and chainsaws; and are required by OSHA to wear personal protective gear when removing trees. Individuals who attempt to remove trees without this equipment and training expose themselves and their surroundings to a great deal of risk.
- Gravity: Controlling the direction in which the tree falls is more difficult than you might think, even when you use ropes and make careful indentations.
- Power lines: Removing trees near power lines is especially complicated. If you, your equipment, or the tree touches a power line, a power outage for the neighborhood could occur; a worst-case (and most probable) scenario entails electrocution. Arborists must always assume that power lines are active and exercise utmost caution.
- Deadwood: Because tree decay spreads from the inside out, dead and decaying trees are very unsteady and could collapse at any time. Arborists must have a strong understanding of tree biology in order to remove deadwood, and sometimes utilize cranes to avoid complications.
Removing trees without proper attention to the above factors can result in harm to the tree remover, other individuals, and the home and property.
Our Commitment to Safety
At Washington Tree Experts, we’re committed to removing hazardous trees from your property, and doing so in a safe and secure manner. We have three International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)-certified arborists on staff and three more in training. The ISA certification verifies that our arborists have training in all aspects of arboriculture and either three years of full-time experience or a degree in a related field, such as landscape architecture, forestry, or horticulture. After passing the initial ISA exam, arborists must retake it every three years or undergo continuing education in order to maintain the certification.
Two of our arborists recently expanded their knowledge by completing courses with North American Training Solutions, which provides training for the arborist, power utility, oil and gas, government and public sector, and fire rescue and emergency service industries. By participating in the Emergency Response & Aerial Rescue course, Joe Bryant and James Yarbrough have learned about emergency preparedness and accident prevention, and have gained hands-on rescue practice.