What are the three most common types of injury in tree care?

Working with wood chippers requires constant focus and attention to detail. However, the three types of incidents that cause the majority of total industry injuries are falls, tree bumps and electrocution. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most common tree-cutting accident is being hit by a falling object. In most cases, the object that falls is a branch or branch of a tree.

Falls are the second most common type of logging accident. The person who cuts the tree may fall off a ladder, fall off the roof if he accesses the tree through the roof, or fall from the tree if he accesses the branches by climbing the tree without the appropriate harness. When you plant a tree near overhead power lines, there is a real risk of electrocution if someone cuts branches near the cables. The person may accidentally touch the cables themselves, or a falling branch could knock them down and the tree trimmer could step on or be touched by the falling cable.

Cuts are another common type of injury that a person can receive when cutting down a tree. In most cases, cuts are due to improper use of pressure cutting equipment, such as chainsaws, or when using hand tools such as a metal saw. Sawdust and wood chips that are carried through the air when cutting the branches or trunk of a tree can enter a person's eye and cause an abrasion, scratch, or cut on the cornea. Eye injuries can also occur if wood chips or sawdust fly out of the shredder when the tree cutter is discarding branches or stump at the felling site.

Tree bark that comes in contact with bare skin can cause scratches. In some cases, wood chips may enter the open skin. Infections can develop if dirt gets into the open wound. OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) reports that, on average, there are more than 100 deaths due to falling trees and landscapes every year.

Within the tree care industry, these numbers are even higher. In fact, the tree care industry is one of the most dangerous in the United States. Many of the most common injuries related to tree pruning occur when a person falls from a height while trying to reach branches and branches without proper safety equipment. Climbing a ladder or climbing onto the roof are risky activities, and it's important to use the right safety equipment to protect yourself.

Since fall-related injuries are common, it's usually best to let an expert handle the work, especially with tall trees. A professional garden service uses special harnesses to prevent falls. Poison ivy and poison oak tend to climb all trees, where they can blend in with leaves and be difficult to identify. It's important to know how to identify these plants because they can cause annoying, itchy skin rashes and sometimes serious allergic reactions.

Electrocution is one of the most serious risks when working near power lines. Trained tree pruning technicians have experience working on power lines and can do so safely. Many large trees are tall enough to be right next to power lines. A tree often needs to be pruned to ensure that it doesn't affect these lines.

However, due to safety hazards, it is best to leave this type of work to professionals. In the event of a breakdown in the equipment, such as the malfunction of the lifting mechanism of a truck with buckets or the breakage of a climbing rope, the tree cutter could be thrown against the tree or be trapped against another structure, causing an injury. The tree care industry is associated with hazardous work and a high risk of injury, which can cost tree care companies precious time, money and resources. Call us to schedule your professional tree trimming services to avoid these types of injuries or accidents.

While it may be tempting to pick up a saw and try to cut your own trees, this is something only a professional tree trimming service should do. .

Gladys Bodkin
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