Tree care is a dangerous business, especially if you plan to remove a tree or trim branches from a great height. You don’t want a tree limb to fall on top of someone or crash through your roof! If you are hiring a tree service company, you need to make sure they take safety seriously.
Here are a few essential safety questions to ask any tree service company before you hire them.
1. What safety equipment, procedures, and protocols will you use?
A good arborist or tree service company should have a comprehensive safety plan that includes proper gear usage and equipment inspection. While they might not need special gear to trim a young Japanese maple, they likely will need it to trim or remove a tall tree. Many tree services should be done with hard hats and eye protection.
You can also ask the tree service company about how their employees were trained. If they have professional arborists on the team, you can be sure they know which equipment is needed and how to use it to handle most situations safely.
2. How will you lower materials from large trees?
Removing branches and trunks from large trees is usually a complex process. It’s important to be careful with any trimmed tree parts or equipment that could fall from a height, especially if the tree is near a building or power line.
If you have large trees, ask the tree service company how they plan to lower materials safely to the ground. A professional company will often utilize rigging techniques, such as ropes, pulleys, and cranes. These techniques help the tree professionals control lowering without causing damage to the surrounding area or endangering the crew.
3. How will you protect any nearby structures or landscapes?
A good tree service company should try to protect your property and any nearby buildings during their operations. However, it’s good to mention any specific areas you are concerned about, such as prized ornamental shrubs near the tree the company will be working on.
A well-trained team will have strategies to try to minimize damage to buildings, fences, gardens, and other landscaping features. They may use protective barriers, careful rigging techniques, or other protocols to reduce their impact on the surrounding environment.
4. Do you have a cleanup plan? Will you clean up any fallen limbs or debris after you finish?
Tree services often generate debris, ranging from large fallen limbs to leaves and wood chips. Sometimes this debris can cause tripping hazards or interfere with plants growing in the surrounding area. Don’t assume the company will clean up the debris after they’re done, especially without extra charge.
Before you get started, ask the tree service company whether they will clean up after they are done cutting or trimming. Be prepared to pay extra, especially if you would like to have fallen branches fully removed rather than just cut into smaller pieces.
5. What kind of insurance do you have?
Accidents can happen even with the most experienced professionals. It is essential to confirm that your tree service company carries comprehensive liability insurance. Insurance protects both you and the workers in the event of any injuries or property damage stemming from the tree service. Ideally, the tree service company should have at least $1 million liability and $1 million property insurance.
Before you hire a company, request proof of insurance. You can then verify that the insurance information provided is valid with the insurance provider.
6. Can you provide references or testimonials from previous clients?
References and testimonials can help you gauge the tree service company’s reputation and safety record. Positive feedback from satisfied customers often indicates that the company takes safety precautions to avoid unwanted outcomes. Checking references gives you an opportunity to inquire directly about the company’s commitment to safety and professionalism.
Don’t hesitate to ask these questions and any others that come to mind before you hire a tree service company. The answers can help you make an informed decision and ensure the company prioritizes safety.
Safety at Tree Harmony Arborists
At Tree Harmony Arborists, we have an impeccable safety record. We take pride in our commitment to safety in every aspect of our tree services. Our team is highly trained, adheres to International Society of Arboriculture standards, and uses state-of-the-art equipment to keep everyone safe.
We have a meticulously developed safety plan that covers all aspects of tree care, and we are fully insured to provide you with peace of mind. By choosing Tree Harmony, you can trust that you and your property are in safe hands. Contact us today for a quote on safe, effective tree services.