Working safely with Trees

It is very important to have the right people working on a job site when working with trees.  There is lots of equipment and lots of people working hard.   Having fully trained and qualified staff is necessary.

Here are a couple of safety requirements:-

  1. Make sure all staff are trained.
  2. There is a supervisor on site.
  3. The supervisor discusses the job with all workers before the job starts.
  4. The area has been barricaded off and that no pedestrians can walk into the work zone.
  5. Everyone is wearing their correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for example, hard hats, ear muffs, chainsaw chapps, steel capped boots, gloves, long sleeve shirts, long pants and safety glasses.
  6. All equipment has had its daily maintenance checks and fuelled up ready to go.

Working outdoors has its obstacles for the workers.   You can work in all types of weather like rain, cold, hot and very hot conditions.   Here are a couple of safety tips whilst working outdoors:-

  1. Sunscreen has to been applied before work commences.
  2. Adequate hydration (water intake) due to working in the Australian heat.  Always drink water but do not wait until you are thirsty to drink, you are already dehydrated.  Drink plenty of water before you start work.
  3. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and have food with you to eat throughout the day if needed.

Once this has been done, the crew can start the work for the day.

Climber Mad Matt wears lots of protective clothing while climbing trees
Onya Owen and Trent keeping it safe on the ground

The information found on this page was professionally written by Stephen Williams (AQF5 Arborist) also known as our character Stephen The Tree Surgeon.

Learn about all the crew and how they can help in working with trees?

The Tree House Gang all have an important role when either assessing, pruning or removing trees.  Learn about The Team and what they all do.  Learn about the equipment used.  Have you ever wanted to climb a tree? Mad Matt does and he loves it.   Have you ever wanted to drive a truck?  Onya Owen knows how.   Have you ever wanted to remove big logs with an excavator or dig a big hole.  Dynamic Dave does all that.   Read about them all.