Trees require regular maintenance and care like pruning. But when a tree becomes diseased or injured, or dies, it is time to cut the tree down to avoid injury to surrounding trees, structures, vehicles, and people and animals. But many property owners make the mistake of thinking, since the tree is dead or dying, it is a suitable do-it-yourself job. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here are seven reasons to leave the dangers of tree removal to professional arborists or sawyers.
Getting Hit By A Branch
According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), a falling branch or tree was responsible for 42 percent of the 1,285 fatalities related to professional tree care providers from 1992-2007.
Falling from a ladder, tree limb, or from a nearby structure, such as a roof used to gain access to a tree, was the second most cause of death, constituting 34 percent. Most were not using safety harnesses.
Coming in at 14 percent, the number three most common cause of tree trimming fatalities is electrocution. Trees that are placed too close to or grow into power lines always pose a danger. A trimmer may accidentally connect directly with a live wire, or a branch could knock down wires directly onto them.
Injuries From Physical Impact
In the event of a fall, ropes or safety harnesses are extremely useful in preventing death, but injury is still likely from a severe jolt or from being thrown against a tree or building.
Cuts And Limb Injuries
Using handsaws and chainsaws requires adept skill and agility as well as the proper maintenance of the tools themselves. Power equipment can respond unpredictably if a tree knot is cut the wrong way. Manual hacksaws that are dull can also pose a safety hazard. Injuries can range from minor cuts and scrapes to accidental limb amputations depending on the equipment being used, the skill of the operator, and simple fate.
Even with adequate eye protection, flying sawdust particles and splintered projectiles can still make their way into the eye, causing anything from minor irritation to painful scratched corneas or worse.
Cutting down trees or branches can anger a swarm of poisonous wasps, waken a grumpy raccoon, or put you in contact with irritating plants like poison ivy, oak, or sumac.
As you can see, tree trimming and tree removal have many real perils associated with them, even for the experts who do them day after day. Do yourself a favor and hire a professional service to take care of your tree needs.