Tree removal can be a dangerous project, especially if not done by a professional. Below are some of the dangers and how you can avoid them.
All forms of injuries are possible when cutting down a tree. Below are some of the most common.
Cuts by the Chainsaw
The chainsaw might look like simple equipment, but it is pretty dangerous if handled incorrectly. Cutting at a wrong angle, cutting a rotten tree or wearing loose or hanging clothing can all lead to chainsaw injuries. Chainsaw cuts can be pretty nasty because of the jagged edge of the saw.
Falling from the Ladder
For large or weak trees, it might be necessary to use a ladder to remove some of the branches before cutting the main trunk. Unfortunately, mistakes such as placing the ladder on uneven ground, placing the ladder on soft ground, or placing the ladder against the tree you are cutting can lead to a nasty fall.
Tripping Over Objects
You should not be near the tree when it starts to fall. You risk tripping and falling if the tree starts to fall unexpectedly and you have to scramble for safety.
Being Struck by the Tree
Some trees are weaker than they look or have dead branches. Such trees or branches can fall without warning and hit you.
The above are just a few of the injuries you might experience during DIY tree removal, but the list is not exhaustive. Here are some of the tips professional tree removers use to avoid injuries.
Wear Protective Gear
Protective gear takes the form of a hard hat, hard boots, eye goggles, and well-fitting clothing. The trick is to ensure that anything that falls on you doesn't have direct contact with your body.
Have a Helper
Tree removal is not a solo project; you need a helper. You need someone who can shout a warning in case of danger since you will be focused on the cutting.
Use the Right Techniques
There are specific ways of cutting a tree to minimize the risk of injury. For example, you can make cuts to force the tree to fall in a specific direction and you can remove some branches first to ensure stability during cutting.
Use the Right Tools
Lastly, you ought to use the right tools for the job; don't improvise. For example, if you don't have climbing ropes, don't improvise by using electric cables, camping ropes or other such things. Such ropes might break and send you crashing to the ground.
Ideally, you won't suffer tree removal injuries in your lifetime. The best way to guarantee this is to let a professional tree remover handle the entire project.
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