Unfortunately, every now and again it is necessary to have to cut down a tree or two, particularly if they are posing a safety risk around your home and property. While we would always advise that you seek professional assistance from a reputable tree lopping firm, should you decide to take it into your own hands, we’ve put together a quick health and safety guide. Follow these steps carefully and you shouldn’t run into any major issues!
1 – Check the Tree Thoroughly Before You Do Anything Else
If you’re cutting a tree down because you think that it’s dead, then you may want to double check! The last thing you want to do is end up cutting down a tree which is still very much alive for no reason. Run a thorough diagnosis of the tree in question before taking any action and of course, if you’re unsure, you know who to call.
2 – Gear Yourself Up Appropriately
We’re not just talking about a scruffy pair of jeans and an old t-shirt – if you’re going to be tackling something like this then you will need to invest in the appropriate safety equipment. This means a hard hat, goggles to protect your eyes from splinters, ear plugs, steel toe-cap boots, safety gloves and a high-vis jacket if possible.
3 – Never Work Alone (Where Possible)
There’s safety in numbers, it’s as simple as that – if you can avoid taking this challenge on by yourself then do so. Wait to have a friend or family member with you, just in case anything goes wrong. Again, if you follow these steps closely you shouldn’t have too much of a problem, though it always pays to take precautions.
4 – Follow Equipment Instructions to the Letter
Particularly if you’re operating a chain-saw, make sure that you are fully aware of how everything works before charging in and cutting your tree down. The slightest mistake could end in disaster so make sure that you know what you’re doing.
5 – Be Prepared to Dispose of Your Waste Safely and Responsibly
One thing that many people neglect to consider is how they plan to dispose of the tree once they’ve lopped it down, let alone move it! Make sure that you are fully prepared and plan carefully, as improper removal can result in injury and damage to property – or better yet, hire the professionals to take care of everything properly on your behalf!
Ultimately, your safest option will always be to hire a professional tree lopping company to take care of things for you, given that they will have significant experience, the appropriate equipment and a wealth of health & safety training in this industry – that being said, if you’re a lover of DIY and you quite enjoy the challenge then be safe and don’t take any unnecessary risks!