Tree Trimming Professionals: Tips for Staying Safe This Summer

Call in the Pros. Tree trimming professionals and arborists have dangerous jobs. Homeowners call these professionals to handle tasks that are too dangerous to safely tackle on one’s own, as well as for their in-depth knowledge of tree care.
 
Like firefighters and construction workers, arborists face on-the-job dangers that are greater than those most of us confront. Falling limbs or falling trees, injuries caused by tree care equipment, and muscle and joint strain all pose dangers for even the best tree care professionals.
 
Avoid These Common Injuries. Safety precautions and proper equipment can reduce hazards significantly, but injuries and accidents can still happen. Every tree trimming company should have at least two workers on every crew trained in first aid and in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In fact, this is required under OSHA regulations.
 
Here are some of the possible injuries that can happen to arborists in the course of their jobs:
 
Burns: this comes mainly from electrical equipment that is improperly maintained.
Head, neck, chest, and limb injuries in the form of cuts from tree trimming tools, impact of falling tree limbs, and injuries from tripping and falling.
Muscle, joint, and bone strain, sprains or similar injuries from improper lifting and carrying or use of heavy equipment.
 
What To Do if An Injury Happens...The most dangerous complications of on the job injury for tree trimming professionals are bleeding, concussions, and cessation of breathing.
 
Serious bleeding results mostly from cuts inflicted by saws and other tree-trimming equipment rather than by blunt impact or falling. Bleeding can result in unconsciousness or even loss of life if not treated with appropriate first aid to stop the loss of blood and proper and immediate medical attention.
 
Concussions are the common consequence of a head injury. Signs of concussion include headache, nausea and vomiting, balance problems, dizziness, and loss of memory. Unconsciousness can sometimes result from concussion but not always. Rest, avoidance of further injury to the head, and medical attention are the proper treatment.
 
Prompt aid can mean the difference between a minor and fatal injury, and between full recovery and permanent damage. It is not, however, a substitute for medical attention by a physician. In addition to having personnel certified in CPR and first aid, all tree-care companies should institute policies requiring medical care for those injured on the job, and keep workers’ compensation insurance current.
 
Keep it Safe. Tree care professionals, tree trimming professionals, and arborists certainly have dangerous jobs. But like any dangerous job, there are proper safety measures that are necessary and that certainly help avoid an accident that involves a serious or even fatal injury. By instituting the proper safety measures, training crew members and teams, and using the proper safety equipment, you can reduce the number of accidents among your tree trimming company.