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Risks of not working with a professional team to remove a tree

In essence, tree and landscaping workers have one of the most dangerous jobs. They’re constantly working in great heights, on slippery conditions, with sharp equipment, and electrical wires.

Some municipalities fight to handle damaged trees with unskilled workers and old equipment. Annually, accidents in tree landscaping cause around 80 worker deaths, and at least 23,000 injuries by chainsaw, treated by the emergency services.

Many of these injuries are the result of inadequate training and equipment.

“There’s a general misconception that tree felling is a low-skilled job, but nothing could be further from the truth. Handling trees brought down by storms, without further damaging property or people, requires a set of technical skills and knowledge about how different types of trees respond to different seasons and weather conditions (…). The teams that take care of trees handle thousands of trees that fell due to a hurricane or even the most recent snowstorm. You need the proper knowledge, equipment, and coordination to do it safely.”

In general, working with trees is dangerous, but tree removal is especially hazardous. Successful tree felling requires knowledge about tree physics, biology, dangerous tools, advanced tree-cutting techniques, and more.

Property owners who try to remove trees on their own may result injured by branches falling, equipment malfunctions, or by the tree itself.

The most common risks of tree removal

Working close to electrical wiring is risky. One should always assume those wires are active. If a person, a tool, or the tree crashed with an electric line, it could cut the power in the neighborhood, if you’re lucky. 

A popular myth among property owners is that black coating isolates electric cables: This is false.

The black coating in the electrical lines is to weather-proof the metal wires. Even with it, electrocution through the coating is possible.

Tree-felling professionals use protecting gear from head to toe. Moreover, they trained to use equipment such as

  • Chainsaws
  • Ropes
  • Cranes
  • Wood chipper

Property owners would need all of this equipment, and the necessary experience, to perform a safe and successful removal. Without it, they’ll be exposing themselves to unnecessary risks.

Generally, a dying, or dead, tree rots from the inside out, which makes it extremely unstable. Sometimes, even professionals prefer to use cranes to remove dying woods. If a tree is noticeably decomposing, it’s necessary to hire a professional to remove it before it falls all of a sudden.

Essentially, there are critical biological processes in trees that must be understood when removing rotting ones. That’s why the help of a professional is always necessary.