Safety & Health in Arboriculture

While many television series portray people working in the logging industry or with trees as having a glamorous lifestyle, the truth is that it is an occupation that demands the utmost care and safety.

It is hard to eliminate all the dangers involved with this work. However, it would help if you did everything possible to reduce the risks. Arbor Man recognizes the importance of safety and health in arboriculture and provides the following critical safety advice to avoid injuries when working with trees.

Wear Protective Gear

It should go without saying that wearing suitable protection gear is the first and possibly most critical requirement when working in the arboriculture industry. This includes, but is not limited to, the objects listed below:

  • Helmets
  • Gloves
  • Hearing protection
  • Safety glasses
  • Fall and rescue harnesses
  • Special clothing
  • Footwear

Your equipment must meet the most current industry rules. We value safety equipment at Arbor Man, so you can be confident that we always observe regulations and use the appropriate protective gear when necessary.

Knowing the Environment

Environmental conditions can vary greatly depending on your profession and the scope of the project at hand. For example, dealing with street trees differs from working with trees in parks, and there is also the weather issue always to consider.

What arborists perform is a mystery to those who do not work in the profession. On the other hand, a certified professional is prepared for any eventuality. Be aware of the conditions you will be working in ahead of time to plan accordingly.

Furthermore, additional risks may emerge depending on the type of care activity you are performing. You may also be working with chemicals, necessitating other equipment and on-site measures. And this is only one of many such examples.

The critical point is that different vocations represent distinct hazards, necessitating various targeted measures. Know your demands at any given time and ensure they are satisfied.

Use Proper Tools

Some essential tools for arborists will make your job easier and safer. Depending on the tree species and its individual qualities, you will need a chainsaw, a handsaw, or both. A pruner is also included on the list. Furthermore, heavy machinery such as cranes on the job may be required.

You must ensure that all the above equipment meets safety and quality requirements and laws. This makes your behaviour lawful and reduces any risk on this front. Your site supervisor should oversee all maintenance areas, but your responsibility is to provide for it.

Wood chippers are one of the most dangerous tools on the job. Accidents involving such technology, however, aren’t just an overdone horror film stereotype. Several service personnel in this industry were either hurt or killed due to this. As a result, if your activity involves one, you must take extra measures. At Arbor Man, we ensure the correct tools are used on every job. 

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