Tree trimmers, or arborists, have the duty of maintaining aesthetics and safety of trees while wielding dangerous equipment. OSHA’s statistics have shown that accidents are prominent among this industry, including being struck by fallen branches, electrocution, and more. In this article, we’ll cover some essential safety recommendations for arborists, which coincides with the need for an Ann Arbor Arborist Workers’ Compensation Insurance program.

Heed warnings.

As a novice tree trimmer, you’re likely to encounter a variety of new yet dangerous equipment. If you’re unfamiliar with something, especially if it has warning signs, don’t be afraid to ask for help. On the other hand, arborist business owners should be vigilant about training new employees and showing them the ropes before sending them out on location without supervision.

Follow protocols.

Observe safety measures: conduct a pre-work inspection of the machineries; wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (e.g. hard hats, hearing protection devices, leg protection clothing, gloves, non-slip boots, safety harnesses, masks and face shields); inspecting the trees for any sign of wildlife, nests and hives, poisonous plants and cracks; and using warning signs, cones and flaggers to warn pedestrians or motorists in the area, says OSHA.

Watch for power lines.

If a tree is in close proximity to or touching a power line, do not attempt to trim it. Instead, contact your local power provider to have them mitigate the risk first. It’s not worth electrocution, and being aware of your surroundings can save your life.

Wear the right gear.

Climbing trees, needless to say, requires harnesses, ropes and gear to ensure safety. Falls from trees can be fatal unless the proper gear is used. If you don’t know how to tie the appropriate knot for a particular climbing task, you can always to refer to OSHA’s Tree Trimming Safety Manual for the Landscaping and Horticulturist Industry.

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