Safety Tips for Tree Trimmers

Tree trimming is a dangerous job, and it's important to take the necessary safety precautions to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. Gloves can be used to protect hands from puncture wounds and cuts, while boots provide a firm base on the ground and reduce the risk of slips and falls. Safety harnesses, belts, ropes, cords, slings and carabiners should be used to keep you safe on the tree. When pruning a tree, it's important to practice good wood management.

Know where to cut branches and trunks and in what direction they will fall. Inspect trees and branches for weak spots and cracks before climbing them, and never use dead, broken or weak branches as support. Place your hands and feet on separate limbs and move only one hand or foot at a time. Break or cut off dead limbs as you climb.

It's also important to always work with another person who stays on the floor. First aid and CPR training is essential in case of emergency. The qualified tree worker (QTW) should inspect the tree before any work begins, determining the safest way to enter the tree and establish safe working procedures. The root neck, trunk of the tree and branches should all be inspected for strength and stability before climbing.

Keep a safe distance from power lines; if your job requires that you come within 10 feet of energized power lines, it should be done by trained tree trimmers with experience in cleaning power lines. By following these safety tips, you can ensure that your tree trimming job is done safely and efficiently.