Tree work is dangerous in general, but tree removal can be especially hazardous. Tree removal requires extensive knowledge about biology, tree physics, cutting techniques and dangerous tools. Homeowners who try to remove a tree by themselves could be hurt by falling branches, malfunctioning equipment or even the tree itself.
There are several common risks associated with tree removal:
- Power lines. It is dangerous to work near power lines. If you, your tool, or your tree hit a powerline, it could knock out power in your area. You will most likely be electrocuted. One myth homeowners might believe about powerlines is that their black coating is insulation. This is false. This is false. The black layer on power lines acts as weather-proofing for the cable. The weather-proofing can still cause electrocution.
- Improper equipment. OSHA requires tree-removal professionals to wear protective gear, from head to foot. Tree care professionals have been trained to use equipment such as cranes, ropes and cranes to safely remove and dispose of trees. To safely and successfully remove a tree, homeowners would require all the equipment and the necessary expertise. They are putting themselves at unnecessary risk without it.
- Decomposing wood. Dead or dying trees are often unstable because they decay from the inside. Professionals sometimes use cranes for removing such deadwood. You should contact a professional if you suspect that your tree is beginning to fall apart. Professional help is required when removing trees that are already decayed. There are important tree biology processes you need to understand.
- Gravity. You have no control over the direction of the tree’s fall once it starts. Even if you make sure to put indents or ropes, it may not fall as you expected. A poor judgment could lead to the tree falling on power lines or homes.
Ultimately, homeowners shouldn’t attempt to remove trees themselves. It’s not worth the risk and can cause more problems than it solves.