Safety Tips for Tree Service Workers
Trimming and felling trees can be dangerous work. Tree service workers have been killed and hurt from falls, electrocutions and by being struck by trees and falling objects. Employers and workers must work together to provide a safe work environment and practice adequate safety measures. Use these safety tips from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) Health and Safety Report to work safely.
Tips for Employers
- Ensure that all tools, lifts and ladders are well-maintained and in good working condition, and appropriate for the tree size.
- Provide appropriate personal protective equipment and ensure workers use it correctly.
- Ensure worksites are checked prior to work being done and that any hazards are addressed.
- Ensure work is at least 10 feet away from electric power lines – or call the power company to de-energize and ground the line.
- If rigging is necessary, ensure workers have the training and resources required to do it safely.
Tips for Workers
Workers have the right to say something about safety concerns without fear of punishment. If you see hazards or an injury, let your supervisor know. You also have the right to comprehensive training and information. Additional tips for workers include:
- Do not trim trees in dangerous weather conditions.
- Always use personal protective equipment (PPE), such as head, hearing, and eye protection and footwear protection with slip-resistant soles, as well as approved safety belts, lifelines, and leather gauntlet gloves, when required.
- Wear close-fitting, long-sleeved clothing.
- Assume that all power lines are energized and can electrocute a person at any time.
- If you will need to climb or use lifts, ensure that you can see and hear the other ground and elevated workers.
- Secure a drop zone with cones that is at least two times the height of the tree.
- Never turn your back on falling trees.
Safety Resources for Tree Service Workers:
Bucket Truck Warnings
There are many good reasons to stay clear of an operating bucket truck, including drop and electrocution hazards. This OSHA-format truck safety sign makes your tree service safety message clear to employees, onlookers and inspectors. Use it to keep people a safe distance away form your tree-trimming equipment.