Tree Safety – Always In Your Best Interest
Tree workers suffer from injuries at a rate three times the national average for the blue-collar workforce. So says the Bureau of Labor Statistics, who should know. The dangers of tree work have not led to any federal requirements for tree safety training, however, and many tree-service companies are more than content to send their employees up into the tall timber with little or no knowledge of means to prevent accidents — whether from chain saws or chippers, from falling branches, from contact with high-voltage power lines, or from direct falls from heights.
At Abe’s we’ve been following the safety protocols suggested by the International Society of Aboriculture (ISA). We recommend that, as you consider retaining a tree service, you observe the following guideline.
- Always ask for ISA credentials up front to ensure the company is properly trained and insured.
- Ask for references.
- A good arborist will thoroughly inspect the work site to identify potential hazards
before beginning a job.
As a property owner, you should know that less reputable tree services — those who do not maintain high standards of safety — are also much more likely to ignore requirements for workers’ compensation and other forms of accident insurance.
In which case, you — you the customer — could become liable.
Let nothing trouble you: call us at (316)722-2348.