There are a variety of situations that can call for tree felling. They may range from simple situations such as blocked views to more complicated cases like diseased or damaged trees that can’t be saved by an arborist. Regardless of the reason, tree felling is not a project that should be taken lightly, and even the most experienced arborists know that.
Failure to take the necessary precaution when trying to take on a tree felling task can land you in legal issues and in the worst cases, threaten your life. To avoid such circumstances, always consider the following tips before starting a tree felling project.
1. Understand your limits
Depending on the location, you may have to get a permit to cut down a tree, even if it is on your property. That way, you are responsible for the safety of anyone who may be directly or indirectly affected by the tree cutting project. Always consult your local ordinances first, before felling any tree, to avoid being at loggerheads with the law enforcers.
2. Use safety gear
Taking into consideration that you will have to use dangerous equipment such as a chainsaw, axes, and others, you have to prioritize your safety. The most essential PPE for such a project are:
- A logger’s helmet
- Ear protection (earmuffs or earplugs)
- Kevlar chaps
- Safety glasses
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Work gloves
- Safety boots
3. Get the right tree felling equipment
Be sure to work with the right equipment to avoid safety issues that can be caused by using the wrong tools for the right project. In the majority of cases, you will need a chainsaw, felling wedges, and maybe an ax, depending on how easy or complicated your project is.
The tips mentioned above can make the difference between a successful tree-cutting project and a dangerous or unsuccessful one. If for any reason, you have doubts when commencing a tree felling project, you might want to avoid taking a risk and call someone who can get the job done right, and be responsible if something goes wrong.