Tree Felling and Trimming Safety
NOTE: If you need urgent help with a danger tree, call Rent A Son. Don’t take a chance on getting hurt: (208) 303-0617 (use the area code). We specialize in tree service, tree removal, tree trimming, brush hauling and general hard-to-do jobs.
When trees are uprooted by storms, then can take power lines and transformers with them. Here are tips for how to trim a tree safely from OSHA.
- ALWAYS ASSUME THAT POWER LINES ARE ENERGIZED!
- If you’re clearing trees, contact the utility company to discuss de-energizing and grounding or shielding of power lines
- Use extreme caution when moving ladders and other equipment around downed trees and power lines
- Always perform a hazard assessment of the work area prior to start of work
To “fell a tree” means more than just cutting it down. Felling means to cut the tree in such a way that it falls in the desired direction and results in the least damage to the tree and its surroundings.
To safely fell a tree, you must eliminate or minimize exposure to potential hazards found at the tree and in the surrounding area.
- Determine what hazards are present in the area
- Determine the felling direction and how to deal with forward lean, back lean, and/or side lean
- Provide a retreat path so you can reach safety while the tree is falling
- Determine the proper hinge size to safely guide the tree in its fall
- Look out for hazards and make sure you know where everyone is located!
Here are other considerations to safely fell a tree:
- Always use proper personal protective equipment as recommended by the manufacturer’s operating manual, including eye, face, head, hand, and foot protection
- Broken or hanging branches, attached vines, or a dead tree that is leaning can cause an injury
- If you have to cut a dead tree, be careful… the top could break off
- If the tree is broken and under pressure, make sure you know which way the pressure is going
- Make small cuts to release some of the pressure before cutting up the section
- Be careful of young trees that other trees have fallen against; they act like spring poles and can propel back
- A tree may have not fallen completely to the ground and be lodged against another tree
- If possible, avoid felling into other trees or objects
- Don’t turn your back on the tree as it falls, and hide behind a standing tree if possible
- As trees fall through other trees or objects, branches and objects may get thrown back towards you
Even professional loggers are killed when felling trees. If you’ve a tough tree trimming or tree removal job in front of you, don’t try it alone. Call Brandon at Rent A Son for advice. He’s taken down more dangerous trees than most people have ever seen.
Call (208) 303-0617 for help. (be sure to use the area code).
Thank you to OSHA.gov for this information.