Working with trees can pose several hazardous situations if the proper precautions and safety procedures are not abided. Below, we will discuss some of these precautions and necessary training steps, but it is important to note that the primary form of safety is COMMITTMENT. A company can provide all of the necessary equipment and techniques, but if it does not have a team fully committed to using and practicing them, they do no good. At Perkins Tree& Landscape Services, Inc. we are happy to say that our dedicated team not only receives constant safety training and equipment, but always puts it to exponential use.
The next most important means of safety is COMMUNICATION. It is imperative that climbers and ground workers keep constant communication on the job, so that each team member is aware of what the others are doing. This way, there is a large support, and ground workers know when it may be safe to step into the work zone.
The use of each piece of EQUIPMENT should be well known by each person at a site, even those who are not operating a particular tool. This way each worker is aware of the capabilities of all machinery, and may be of help in case of emergency. Any time a climber is in a tree, there should be a worker nearby who is capable of performing an “aerial rescue”. All workers should also be aware of all the materials in the first aid kit, which should be kept in each truck.
Being able to identify POISONOUS PLANTS is a must, as well as techniques for treating irritation. Similarly,
there should be knowledge of treatments for stings and bites from several types of insects and animals.
Each worker should be thoroughly trained in determining ELECTRICAL HAZARDS. They must make note of any conductors (any above or underground electrical device containing communication wires and cables), and avoid any direct or indirect contact with these. This is very important in order to prevent electric shock. Electrical tools without a self-contained power source should never be used in trees near the conductors.
Last but not least is TRAFFIC CONTROL. The work crew is responsible for securing their work zone so that
both pedestrian and vehicular traffic may not be in harm’s way. They may do this with the use of warning signs, barriers, flags, etc. In most cases, traffic control safety must follow the federal transportation administration standards and guidelines.
There are of course, many more procedures and techniques necessary to ensure safety while working on trees. Please comment, call, or e-mail us with any inquiries for further education.
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