Cutting trees and limbs can be a very hazardous job, particularly when the damage has been caused by a storm. Hurricanes, monsoons, tornados and heavy wind events can all lead to structural damage to a tree. Furthermore, wildfires can damage a tree and cause it to become unsafe.
When cutting trees down, however, there is more to consider than simply removing the damaged plant. Arborists such as the experts at Evergreen Arborist Consultants can provide information and evaluation of damaged trees for property owners, government agencies and others who have an interest in discovering the solutions to these issues.
What Are Common Tree Cutting Hazards?
While it pays to be alert whenever a tree is being removed, tree cutting hazards are most common after storms or other natural disasters. This is because, unlike a planned tree removal, one following a storm is usually done in less-than-ideal circumstances and in great haste.
Storms, fires and other disasters can cause trees to suffer structural integrity damage that can make them dangerous. Further, the inclusion of downed power lines, high flood waters, soft mud and other hazards can make tree removal very dangerous after a storm, fire or flood.
Common tree cutting hazards that lead to injuries are:
- Tree limbs entangled with other trees, power lines, homes or other forms of debris.
- Supporting limbs that can cause serious accidents and downing of other limbs if the support limb is removed too quickly.
- Damaged trunks that can give way, dropping debris and limbs on those beneath.
- Unstable foundation or root system due to saturated earth around a tree from flooding or mudslides.
- Trees that have been burned or struck by lightning, causing their outer bark to become sooty or ashy, leading to breathing issues.
What Can An Arborist Do?
Many people are injured every year because individuals or companies attempt to rush into to clean up damaged trees without consulting an expert. An arborist with many years of experience in dealing with the aftermath of wind, water or fire damage can often tell very quickly if there is going to be a problem in removing trees or recommend safer ways to accomplish tree removal. In fact, sometimes arborists can suggest ways to save trees that might otherwise perish in a “quick” cleanup.
Evergreen Arborist Consultants are ready to work with property owners and government agencies to accomplish the goal of removing trees safely and effectively after a weather event or disaster.