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  • Writer's pictureHenry Landeros

A Cautionary Tale: Why Safety Is Important in Tree Service and Removal

We preach all the time about the importance of safety in our profession. After all, too many people believe tree trimming, pruning, and large-tree removal is easy — so easy, in fact, that perhaps anyone can do it as long as they have a chainsaw and maybe a few tree-climbing ropes. Not only is that not the case, but tree service and removal jobs can quickly turn life-threatening if you’re not careful.

Case in point: I read recently about a 22-year-old man in Orange County, Florida, who died while trimming someone’s tree. The limb that had been cut fell awkwardly, instantly killing him. His partner fell from the tree when the branch was cut, and he was hospitalized.

Both men were employees of a local landscaping company.

Safety Is Important: Only Hire a Tree Service Professional

I won’t pretend I know this poor man’s qualifications. Tree service and removal may have been a big part of his job, and he could have been good at it, too. Furthermore, accidents like these happen all the time — even to the best of us. 

But his unfortunate story is a cautionary tale that underscores three critically essential messages:

  1. If you don’t have experience with tree service and removal, don’t do it.

  2. If you don’t have the proper equipment and safety gear for tree service and removal, don’t do it.

  3. When possible, hire someone who only works on trees.

What Should I Look for In a Tree Service and Removal Company?

Contrary to popular belief, only some people who claim to know what they’re doing with tree pruning and removal are safety-conscious tree service professionals. What’s worse is that many homeowners don’t realize they hired the wrong person until it’s too late.

Here are a few telltale signs you should look out for:

  1. They have the right equipment — Hard hats, protective eyewear, non-slip boots, professional tree harnesses, ropes, carabiners, etc., cut-resistant arm and leg protection, and gloves to protect their hands.

  2. They work as a team — At least two (preferably three) workers should always be on the job site. 

  3. They have all the right machinery — Arbor lifts, stump grinders, wood chippers … these are the tools of a professional tree service willing and able to tackle any tree service and removal project.

  4. They know their surroundings — An actual tree professional will check for potential hazards (power lines, bad weather, nearby structures) and thoroughly assess the tree job to ensure they know when, where, and how to cut to avoid injury.

When it comes to safely and efficiently handling any tree project, there’s no denying that working with a professional tree service is the best choice you can make — for yourself, the long-term health of your trees, and the well-being and safety of your Lewisville property. Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal in Lewisville has been relied on as an industry leader in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Coppell, The Colony, Carrollton, and Grapevine since 2016. 

We are local, fully insured ISA-certified arborists — meaning that you can call us for something as small as removing a few small branches or a pesky tree stump to a request as complex as saving your property from a downed tree in the middle of a storm.

Call Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal Today!

Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal in Lewisville, TX, has served North Texas since 2016. More importantly, we have the equipment and experience to handle any tree needs safely and efficiently. Don’t believe us? Give us a call today!

There isn’t a tree in Lewisville that we can’t handle. Call Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal today!

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