- 74% of the fatalities occurred when a person was struck by something (the tree, a limb from the tree, a passing car when trying to remove the tree from the road, heavy tools or machinery)
- 24% of the fatalities were caused by falling
- 4% of the fatalities were caused by other reasons
When removing a tree or a large limb from a tree, a lot of things have to be considered, including:
- Weight distribution
- Forces acting on the tree
- Defects of the tree
If you don’t know how to assess these factors, you should definitely hire a professional.
When working on a ladder or climbing a tree to work from the tree, you have to be careful of falling limbs knocking the ladder out from underneath you or knocking you off your balance.
The bottom line is that if you need tree care that will require dangerous activities such as climbing trees, pruning or removing large limbs, or felling trees, you should hire a trained professional to complete the job for you. The TCIA warns, “A sure recipe for disaster involves mixing height, large falling or swinging masses, a powerful chainsaw, and inexperience with any or all of the aforementioned ingredients.”
For more information on this study conducted by the TCIA, view the original article here.