The Dangers of Tree Removal
Tree care work in general is hazardous, but tree removal is especially dangerous. Successfully felling a tree requires knowledge of tree physics, biology, dangerous tools, advanced cutting techniques, and more. Homeowners who attempt their own tree removal may be injured by falling limbs, malfunctioning equipment, or the tree itself.
Common tree removal risks include:
- Power lines. Working near power lines is risky, and you should always assume that the wires are live. If you, your tools, or the tree hits a power line, you may knock out the power in your neighborhood – if you’re lucky. Most likely, you will be electrocuted. Another myth homeowners may believe about power lines is that the black coating on them is insulation. This is not true. The black coating on power lines is weather-proofing for the metal cable. You can still get electrocuted through the weather-proofing.
- Improper equipment. OSHA requires tree removal professionals to wear protective gear from head to toe. Tree care professionals are also trained in using equipment such as chain saws, ropes, cranes, and wood chippers to safely fell and dispose of a tree. Homeowners would need all of this equipment – and the requisite expertise – to perform a successful and safe removal. Without it, they expose themselves to unnecessary risk.
- Decaying wood. A dead or dying tree is often decaying from the inside out, making it extremely unstable. Even professionals sometimes use cranes to remove such deadwood. If you think your tree is starting to decay, find a professional to remove it before it collapses without warning. There are critical tree biology processes to understand when removing decayed trees, so professional help is always necessary.
- Gravity. Once the tree starts falling, you have no control over where it goes. It also may not fall the way you expect it to, even if you try to influence it with carefully cut indentations or ropes. Poor judgment could result in the tree falling on homes, power lines, or people.
In short, homeowners should never attempt their own tree removal. It isn’t worth the risk, and will likely cause more problems than it solves.
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215 thoughts on “The Dangers of Tree Removal”
You know how bad it would be if a tree you tried to remove took down power lines? You would be in more than a little bit of trouble. That would be a massive fine.
Thanks for the information. Like you said, tree removal can be pretty dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. The falling tree could hit you, your neighbor, your car, or even your home. That’s why it’s so important to hire a professional to do the work for you. I’m going to make sure I do just that.
Wow, I never thought about all the dangers of removing a tree by yourself. There are so many huge trees in yards these days that could easily destroy a power line if it was close enough. Plus, the actual felling of the tree could do major damage to the area around the tree. All of these things just how important it is to have a professional take care of tree removal!
I wonder how much trouble someone gets in if they knock out a power line. I wouldn’t wish for someone to do it, but I just want to be there when it happens. I think it would be interesting.
These seem like excellent reasons to hire a tree removal service instead of doing it yourself. It seems like one of the best reasons for sticking with a professional is the fact that most people lack the proper equipment that’s used to safely remove a tree. You also make a good point about how a professional wears protective gear that coincides with OSHA’s safety standards. Most people don’t have the right gear to protect themselves while handling tree removal, so it’s best to hire a licensed contractor since they’re trained to handle trees without getting injured.
Your point about improper equipment is important, I think. I very much have a DIY attitude, and it’s been tempting to carry that over into tree removal. But then, as you say, I don’t have the proper safety gear, to say nothing of a crane. Safety is important in whatever task you do, so I realize I really shouldn’t risk doing this on my own. I’ll leave this task to the pros.
We’ve got a tree in our backyard that we’ve been meaning to remove. I had no idea that so many risks were present if you were to do it yourself. Particularly your point about gravity and how it falls caught my attention. We’ll be sure to have someone experienced come and do it.
Thanks for outlining these common risks to removing trees. I remember one weekend in my youth spent with my father in our cabin in the woods. We had a tree right next to a power that was being troublesome. My father took a chain saw to it making sure to to tie it off to another tree so that it would not fall on the power lines. The line however, snapped as the tree came falling down causing an explosion of the transformer and an arc of lighting that barely missed hitting my father. I don’t think that I’ll ever make the mistake of trying to remove a large tree from my property ever again. The risk is just too high. It is worth it to hire an experienced professional so that those risks are kept low.
Thank for addressing the issue of decaying wood. I think that many people who want to do a DIY tree removal don’t consider what the state of the inside of the tree is. As you said, decaying wood can be very tricky. It is important to know what you are doing.
Great post about the risks regarding tree removal. Your point about the danger of “working near power lines” is very real. Thanks for dispelling the myth that the black coating on power lines is insulation. That is a dangerous myth to believe. Thanks for the info!
I agree Olivia, working near power lines can definitely be something of concern. I didn’t know that the black color on power lines wasn’t insulation, that’s weird to me. I will have to ask my friend who is a lineman, maybe he knows more about it. I will have to write down whatever he tells me, that way I won’t forget it quickly.
Thanks for the response. I just thought it was an interesting thing to know! Have a great one!
Your comment about decaying wood, was interesting. I hadn’t thought of that being a problem before. However, your comment about how the decay makes the tree extremely unstable, helps me to understand why decaying trees can be dangerous when removing them. In this case, I would definitely call a professional. Thanks for sharing your information.
Gravity and big heavy trees don’t make for the nicest combo. Clear the area before chopping it down if you can, and if you can’t then set up a safety catch or something. Careful though, the safety catch doesn’t always work.
Thanks for the help. I know that sometimes I want remove trees that are near the power lines in my yard. I appreciate the tips on staying away from them. I will get the professionals for those trees.
I agree that tree care work can be hazardous. That is why it is in your best interest to hire a professional when it comes to tree removal. They have the proper training and equipment to handle such a task.
Thanks for the information on different risks to be aware of during tree removal. I definitely want to make sure to avoid any accidents. I’ll be sure to have a professional come remove my tree as the wood is decaying. Great article!
There are a lot of dangers involved in tree trimming that I hadn’t thought of. Decaying wood sound like a tree could collapse at any time. I will be sure to use a professional service when I need my trees trimmed or removed.
Great article! Thank you for sharing! We just had a huge tree fall over in a wind storm near our yard. It was a huge bummer, but we need it to be removed for sure, because it is really close to our driveway. Should I just call a tree removal service to come help, or should I try on my own?
I need to remove the trees in my back yard because we are putting a pool in. There aren’t any power lines around the trees, so we won’t have to worry about that, but we will have to be careful about decaying wood and gravity. Are tree services trained on how to keep everyone safe while cutting down trees?
My yard has quite a few old trees in it, and my husband was thinking about cutting them down so that they don’t blow down in the next storm. However, it sounds to me like this may not be the best idea. I don’t want him to get hurt or damage our house by cutting the trees. I think it would be really good for us to hire a professional, just to be sure that nothing falls where it shouldn’t and that all the right equipment is used. Thanks for the great post!
Thank you so much for posting about this! I have this huge tree in my backyard that I was planning to remove this weekend. But I wanted to make sure I did everything right. So I really appreciate you making me aware of all the dangers that come with removing a tree. I’ll definitely watch out for these once I start the process.
Great article! I’m glad that I stumbled upon it because I’ve been thinking about removing some trees in my backyard. I think you’re absolutely right: it’s important not to remove trees by yourself! I’ll be sure to follow your suggestion by hiring a professional. Thanks for the great tips!
You really got to be careful of when you are cutting down a tree. It isn’t dangerous if you are able to take the safety steps to ensure that nobody is in danger. I think it would really help to just have a professional that knows how to cut down trees safely.
Thanks for sharing this. I was thinking about cutting down a tree in my yard but it seems like not such a good idea. It does seem like that’s something that should be left to the professionals. I’ll be sure to do that.
I have been thinking of removing a tree in my yard. It sounds like there are a lot of dangers in removing trees. My yard is close to power lines. I think I will have a professional take care of it. Thank you for your help.
Well all things considered, I think I’ll need to find some professional help. I’ve been removing smaller trees in my yard for years. Unfortunately all my cottonwood trees died within the last ten years, we’re down to the last one. After reading the dangers you’ve mentioned here, I’m convinced these big guys are too scary for me. There’s even a power line in the area. Thanks for watching out for others, and posting useful information.
That would be pretty dangerous to be cutting down a tree near a power line. What do they normally do to cut down a tree that is in the way of power lines? I have never seen anyone get their tree that big if the tree was in the way.
Thanks for the advice. We moved into a house this summer, but the morning winds out of the canyon each morning knock a tree on the west side against our bedroom wall incessantly, and we want to get rid of the tree. I guess I won’t try to do it ourselves, however. I think that there are power lines near the tree, like you said to avoid. It’s probably far enough away, but it never hurts to be careful, right?
Thanks for the information. It seems like people should be aware of tree removal risks before attempting trying to remove a tree on their own. Power lines seems like a risk that more people should be mindful of. One of my neighbors tried to chop down his tree, but it kept getting caught in the power lines. He was able to find a way to get it down without damaging anything, but it’s still important to have a plan for removing a tree so that it won’t hit nay power lines.
Thank you for sharing this information. I have a tree that needs to be cut down and have been planning on doing it myself. However, I didn’t realize the amount and type of equipment that may be necessary. Would it be a good idea to at least consult a professional first?
Wow, I didn’t realize that tree removal could be dangerous! I was planning on chopping down all the trees that need to be removed myself. Maybe I will look into hiring professionals so that the job can be done safely.
Do you maybe have any tips for palm tree removal? I honestly don’t even know if its a similar process to trimming regular trees or if its an entirely different beast. But hey thank you so much for the tips and warnings about tree removal safety.
There is a tree in my yard that has a branch that is starting way down over the house a bit. We are concerned that it might not hold up under another winter’s snow and ice. We are wondering whether or not the job would be too complicated to our ourselves. If so, then we will want to hire a tree service. However, how do we know which company to bring onto the job?
I have a tree that is starting to grow over my house and it is making me nervous. I need to get rid of it and I just wanted to do some research to see what the safest way to do it was. After reading your article, I realize that I don’t have the equipment or expertise that I would need, so I think I am going to hire a tree removal service. Thank you for sharing.
This is a surprisingly difficult and dangerous job. I have had a couple unwanted trees for a while, but I didn’t want my husband to get hurt so I have not raised a complaint. It makes sense that this type of thing is meant for professionals and should not be attempted at home. I think I will follow your advice and contact a local company so I can get rid of the trees without worry.
Hello, and thank you for this info on the dangers of tree removal. Tree removal is needed for many different types of projects and other reasons. I think it’s good to research and understand how to perform the tree removals with the least danger possible.
I really like how you said, “OSHA requires tree removal professionals to wear protective gear from head to toe.” People don’t realize how important safety is when going up a tree and cutting it down. The other day I was cutting a tree and a branch fell on my head. I didn’t think it was a big deal even though it hurt really bad. Then all the sudden I noticed blood was dripping down my head. Thanks for posting this great article, I hoped others learn from my mistake.
This article mentioned that tree removal can be dangerous due to multiple reasons, especially power lines. There is a power line on the edge of my property, and the tree I am looking to have removed is right near it. The tree is rather old, so I think removing the tree in a controlled manner would be safer than leaving the hazard there. Thanks for sharing!
The tree removal needs to be executed very carefully and everything needs to be considered, like nearby object, the proximity to the house and the dimensions of the tree. We can’t just lop and expect everything to be fine. Your article mentions the most common dangers, which is great. Thanks for sharing it!
This is one of those areas of expertise where say, “Let the pros handle it.” I’ve been trying to get my hands dirty and dive into more DIY projects. This definitely isn’t one of them. As the author mentioned, it’s entirely too hazardous.
Thanks for your post about how to safely remove trees. I grew up in the Northwest and we would have pretty severe wind storms each year. There would always be downed or broken trees that needed to be properly removed. This is a task that is sometimes best left to the professionals.
I have always been amazed at some of the things that a tree removal service is capable of. We have seen a few trees removed from around our neighborhood and have considered it with one that’s in our yard. It is really old and we are pretty sure that it is getting sick. There are a lot of branches that have fallen off so we will have to look into it.
Want to hear a great story? Once my dad and I were cutting down a tree, and we were angling for it to fall between these open gate posts. It was foolish because it was so close to the house. As it started to pop, one of the blocks fell out of the cut and the tree started to twist… for the house! A huge amount of adrenaline hit me as I realized it, and I pushed with everything I had… it twisted back at the last second and fell right between the gate. Turns out there baby was sleeping where the tree would have fallen.
That was CRAZY.
I usually have my grandfather come and help us out whenever we have trees that are in the way. A lot of the times though, we feel like leaving the tree alone is the best way to go and then try to work around it if at all possible. I agree that removing trees can be very scary. We almost had a few mishaps of our own in the past. Thank you for the helpful information.
Working in tree services really would be a dangerous job. I have never really thought about how you would have to be careful of electric wiring when it comes to a job like this. This is one job that I don’t think I would trust myself to do. Some jobs are just better left to professionals. They definitely know what they are doing more than I would.
There’s a tree that sits on the edge of my lawn, that’s starting to decay. It’s pretty large, but I feel like I can remove it on my own. However, I noticed that you said that even the professionals use cranes to remove deadwood. I know that I’m no professional, and if they are getting further help with removing a tree. Maybe I should take more precautions.
I really appreciate this information on how to be safe during tree removal. I didn’t realize until reading this that decaying wood on trees could be such a hazard. I bet that it would be a lot more safe to hire a professional to help with these kinds of services. Thanks for the information!
Great article. I did not realize that there were so many dangers to removing trees. However, I feel like proper care is so important. Thanks for the safety tips on how to remove the trees. http://brownstormservice.net/
I did not realize that tree removal was so dangerous. This article really allows me to be safer than I would have been. We are going to try to remove a large tree that is pretty much dead from my backyard.
I didn’t realize that OSHA had tree removal workers wear protective gear from head to toe. I figured it was probably a dangerous job though. A friend of mine had to take down a tree of his a few months back. They used a chainsaw. It took a while to figure out how to control the direction the tree was to fall, but eventually we just tied a rope to his truck and pulled when the chainsaw started cutting at the trunk. I’ll have to show this to him. Thanks again!
I have this huge tree in my front yard that I need to get rid of, but I’m not sure what I need to do to get rid of it properly. That being said, I really appreciate you sharing with me some insight about some of the dangers that can come with tree removal. After reading these, I definitely think I need to hire someone to come and remove it for me. Doing this, it would make sure the tree gets removed right, and I’m safe. Thanks a ton for sharing this with me!
Improper equipment is a huge problem for me, I have tried removing trees in the past and I just did not have the means to do it. This is a huge reason for me to say hiring a professional is the way to go for tree trimming and tree removal service. Thanks for the tips and warnings on tree removal!
Last year a friend of mine’s dad was cutting a tree down in his yard, and his buddy was helping and had a large limb fall on him and it killed him. My friends dad is really having a difficult time dealing with it, I can’t imagine what he is going through. So I completely agree – let the professionals do it, it is not worth the risk!
I like what this article mentions about decaying wood, and how it is usually not visible. I few of the branches on one of my trees have fallen off, and I am worried about the strength of the actual trunk. I think having a tree removal service come and look at it to make sure it wont fall is definitely a must.
Maintaining trees can be a tricky thing to do. It I like that you pointed out that you need to be on the look out for decay in the limbs. It might be smart to hire a tree service to come remove any dead tree branches.
This was a great article. A lot of people don’t think much about how dangerous trees can be. We recently used http://www.lafayettebesttreeservice.com to clear out a few trees from our yard. They had so much equipment and guys climbing trees. We never would have been able to do all that safely.
It is interesting for me to learn a little bit about the dangers of tree repair. I think that it is important to be able to be as safe as possible when removing a tree. This article helps me understand what to look out for.
There’s a great big tree in my yard that’s sadly starting to decay. I feel like all it’d take is one big wind storm to bring it down. The bad part is that it’s come down to my house. I don’t think my insurance covers that, so I need to get it removed. I’ll hopefully be able to find a professional before it decides to come down.
We do tree services in the North County San Diego area and with prices for things being a bit higher in this area so many of our clients attempt tree removal on their own, it’s crazy. We try to stress the importance of hiring a professional with experience especially due to the inherent dangers associated with any type of tree care. Great article and thanks for the information!
I didn’t know doing your own tree removal could be so risky. I have a rather large tree in my back yard that is fairly invasive that we want to get rid of. We were thinking of doing it ourselves but I’m willing to bet that there is some decaying wood in there since the tree is not in the best health. Thank you for a potentially life saving warning.
Thanks for this helpful post on the dangers of tree removal. I am probably going to need a few trees taken out of my backyard, and I don’t think I should do them on my own after reading this. I didn’t know that there is a possibility of my trees decaying from the inside out. I will be sure to hire a professional company to come take care of my trees. Thanks for the help!
The two most interesting but also challenging points are the decay and Gravity. And I guess both you dont know the true outcome until the tree is down, decay is hard to plan for especially on the internal trunk of the tree and Gravity is never a logical thing when it comes to felling a tree, its always a best guess of which one can get better at but the final say is always with the tree I guess.
Every DIY tree trimmer should read this before going to town and making a dangerous thing. It’s not super easy to make this safe, even for professionals. Tree removal is risky and takes some experience.
Find out how bad it would be if woods you tried to remove took down power lines? Less complicated in more than a little bit of trouble. That would be a massive fine.
Yes it is very dangerous! this is a definite must read. Just the other week here we had strong winds and someone was cutting a tree down to prevent more damages however was killed by a fallen tree.
Deciding which direction you want the tree to fall is a good idea. Planning the tree cutting before you begin will ensure the tree falls in a safe direction. Making sure both sides of the tree are clear just in case would be a good idea.
This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that power lines can make tree removal dangerous. My apple tree is dead, and I want to have it removed before it collapses and injures someone. There are some power lines right above it, so I’ll definitely look into having a professional come for removal so it’s done safely. Thanks for the great post!
I’m down here in Southern Louisiana and we’re dealing with the flooding. Now that the water is receding, we’ve been getting lots of call about broken trees needing to be removed. Just one more added danger… soaking wet ground that makes everything less stable. Only doing emergency work right now till it dries more.
There is a tree in my yard that I am afraid may need to be removed, so I am trying to educate myself more. I definitely do not have the necessary equipment. How should I go about selecting a reliable tree removal service?
“Most likely, you will be electrocuted.” Oh you bet. Safety first people! Thanks for sharing 🙂
You know those funny videos that you see on YouTube of people cutting down trees and then they fall over on a nearby house……. well when it’s your house, or worse yet, a client’s house, it’s not so funny.
Taking proper safety precautions is not a game, and worth every minute of planning. Be sure to hire a professional if you’re a resident needing a tree removed, especially if within 20-50 ft of any homes.
Removing your own trees is very dangerous, don’t try to do it yourself unless you have a huge open area so you won’t hit the house the powerlines or other trees. We had a guy down here in Florida electrocute himself when the tree he was cutting hit a power line. Be safe and hire a pro.
There are some trees in my yard that I would like to have removed, but we live really close to power lines. My husband wanted to remove them himself, but the trees are so tall and close to the power lines that I worry it will become a dangerous hazard. I like how you mention that if your tools or trees hit the power lines, you may knock out the power in your neighborhood. I don’t think our neighbors will be too happy with us if we did that, so I’ll make sure we call a professional to remove the trees since they’ll know how to avoid the lines.
Wow, hello JK’ers! This blog comments are flooded with us.
I’m gonna comment something differently. What do you guys do after you remove the tree? My tree guy made a art work right out of it. A giant gnome, pretty cool idea. It’s something that tree company can offer as an added on service.
Hello fellow JKer! lol
My tree guy just turns it into mulch and gives it away lol.
I could not agree more! Tree removal can be very dangerous and should be left to professionals who know what they are doing. My husband wanted to remove a tree in our yard after a storm had damaged it but I finally convinced him to call a service. They knew what they were doing and had the proper equipment and they still had a difficult time removing it. Doing it yourself is definitely not worth the risk.
Hi, thanks for the above tips, its only when you really consider the above reasons why we should do a DIY job, you really realise why we need experts, I know as well as the rest of us, there are always jobs around the house and garden you want to do yourself especially trees, and one can always argue why we should but your dangers point the obvious which is good to remind us and we do forget, some jobs like tree removal are too dam dangerous to so no matter what, call an expert, the risk is too high and i’m sure my opinion is loaded with bias but I’d give this advice to myself.
I love the last comment! I bet a lot more people would love to have their stump turned into a work of art, if that was something the local tree service offered after removing the tree. But then is it cost effective, and how many arborists are also artists that can do that kind of work?
Thanks for bringing to my attention that working with trees near power lines can be dangerous. I have a large apple tree in my front yard, and it’s directly underneath some power lines. It has some large dead branches, and I’m worried that the tree will fall and damage something, so I want to take it down. Perhaps it would be best to leave it to a professional so I know it gets removed safely.
This is such a good article to read. As a tree service business owner I know how hard it can be to simply remove the tree sometimes. After all, just because a task is simple doesn’t mean its easy. The danger of getting close to power lines is a reality for a lot of people that live near or in the forest. These people should read this article because it might convince them to let a professional do it or just to learn more themselves.
I really appreciate people who publish posts like these, merely because the dangers in this industry cannot be overstated. I have personally witnessed improper usage of equipment by tree care companies who are NOT licensed and have resulted in trajedy. In my opinion, if no certification or professional licensing has been issued to a tree service contractor by some sort of national arborist society (i.e. the ISA), I STRONGLY believe that contractor should be either fined, or prohibited to do tree care until certified! Just my opinion.
I agree that it is dangerous, there are too many things that can go wrong. I would always use the tree company services. Better safe than sorry.
We have recently started our dangerous tree removal business along with our firewood business and came across this article. Really appreciate you taking the time to educate us on this. We didn’t know about the weather coating on the power lines!
It’s not a super exciting topic but you did a good job. Thanks a ton!
I came across your article while researching and networking for our tree care business. You bring up some very good points. Safety is the number one priority–like you mention, always wear the proper equipment. I see so many that do not, very risky. Great job talking about an awesome subject, Thank you!
This is very informative, and important to know the safety behind tree removal. That’s why it should usually be left to the professionals to do rather than on your own. Don’t want anyone to get hurt! Thanks for sharing!
I stumbled across your blog when I was looking for different things related to the tree care and lawn care industries. I’ve seen so many people ignore the safety concerns and work recklessly just to go fast and make more money. Great article!
You said that working near powerlines is risky. If I was going to get a tree removed I would want to make sure that it was done correctly. It could also be helpful to ask someone that you trust for tips when you are learning about different tree removal services.
I didn’t realize that there are certain regulations that tree removal requires. It makes sense that proper safety equipment like hard hats, etc. are required to keep everyone safe. I’ll have to remember this when having any sort of tree work done because we need our trees trimmed and a few taken down so ensuring everyone’s safety would be good.
Thanks for sharing this. When a homeowner is thinking about removing a tree in their yard it may not be a good idea. It does seem like that’s something that should be left to the professionals.
All great points. Sadly, you still have people without proper equipment, experience and knowledge trying to be DIY pros. We’ve shown up to jobs with trees that clearly tried to be hacked down with an ax…
I’ve dealt with more on-site catastrophes than I would’ve liked to. Trees falling on houses from decaying wood is one that I’ve seen over and over again… the worst. Great article.
Thank you for sharing this information, we have seen more dangerous situations that could of been avoided than I care to think about!
Found this article very helpful, thanks fore sharing.
My husband and I are looking to find a trees service company that can help safely remove some trees in our yard.Especially since the trees are near our home, we want to make sure we hire the right people who will be able to carefully carry out this procedure. As you said, once a tree starts falling, you have no control over where it goes, which is why it’s best to hire insured professionals that can help.
I don’t believe most people realize how dangerous tree removal is. I believe any type of landscaping maintenance should be done only by professional. I was vacationing in New Hampshire at my daughters last summer when 2 very young boys where trapped under a tree because a very foolish man tried to remove a tree from his property to save a few dollars. luckily they survived, most times though that is not the case.
Thanks for sharing the risk involved in the Tree Removal.
Thanks for posting!!
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I appreciate how you said that trees decay from the inside out, so it’s important to have a professional remove it. We have a super old tree on our property, and I’ve heard that old trees are more likely to get diseased. What are sign you can see on the outside if it’s decaying? We want to be sure that if it is sick, it’s removed before it falls and causes damage.
My husband found a DIY for trimming trees. However, after reading about power lines can be a serious problem, I’d prefer to call a professional. Although our tree hasn’t grown enough to reach the power lines, it makes me more comfortable to have an expert take care of it.
Thanks for the information on getting trees removed. It’s good to know that the wrong equipment can be dangerous. We were thinking of taking one down ourselves, but now I think I’ll hire a professional company that has the proper stuff!
There is a tree in my front yard that I’ve been wanting to remove for quite awhile now. I’ve been putting it off because it is close to power lines like you mention. I don’t want to risk getting electrocuted so I might have to find a professional instead. Thanks for sharing!
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I give many props to the guys who do tree removal. There are many concerns to think about every time you cut a branch down. I do landscaping for a living but this is something I do not offer as a service because of the safety hazards. So thanks for sharing your knowledge hopefully it can help save a life!
Tree removal is no joke. Anyone thinking it is a DIY job, please call a professional.
Great article, I have seen videos of people cutting a big tree down and it not falling the way they thought it would.
Tree removal dangers are very similar to roofing. Always use the correct health & safety measures – one mistake could be fatal
It’s great that you’ve mentioned that it is still possible for one to get electrocuted through the weather-proofing of electric lines. We have a tree in our front house and I see that some of its branches are growing close to the electric lines. Seeing that this can be hazardous to anyone especially to my children, I’ll get in touch with an arborist who has enough experience dealing with hazardous tree removal projects.
It’s great that you elaborated on the dangers of tree removal. I completely agree with your points here more particularly with what you’ve said about the power lines. Either hitting the power line with the tools or trees are both risky and dangerous!
Great content on your website – ALWAYS ask a professional when you are in need of a tree removal
Some very good points yet so easily overlooked many times. Good to see someone with real knowledge shed some light onto the hazards of tree removal. Thanks for the share!
Tree removal can be hazardous if proper training and forethought are not implemented. Nothing can replace down in the dirt hands on experience. Great share.
People in general just have no idea how dangerous it can be to remove large trees close to power lines or not. They should aways call in the professionals to do this type of work for we have the correct type of equipment and vehicles.
Some good points here!
I think you should leave this kind of work to the professionals. Better to be safe than sorry!
My wife and I have a large tree in our backyard with limbs that hang over our kids’ room. It recently died over the summer and I am worried a limb will fall. As you said, one of the dangers is for the tree to fall on our house if we bring out a tree removal service. http://www.destinystreeserviceva.com/services
Thanks for citing these risks! I couldn’t agree more, a tree removal job is indeed dangerous and I’m speaking from experience as well. Last year, we had to cut down our oldest tree in our front yard as it was infested with termites and its branches were caught up in the power lines which gave us tremendous fear when there’s a storm. We actually removed the tree by ourselves which I strongly recommend not doing, and I’m definitely calling the experts the next time.
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Thank you for this post! Too many people are trying to do dangerous things themselves, especially with the internet at our fingertips. It makes most things appear as easy to do when in reality, their incredibly dangerous. You give some good info in here. Please, please, leave hazardous work to the professionals. and if you’re in N Idaho: http://www.cdatreeservice.com
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Thanks for highlighting the dangers of DIY tree removal. Like what we always tell our clients – when it comes to tree works, trust the professionals. Thanks for creating this great post.
I agree, always leave the hazardous stuff to the professionals! Especially when it comes to bringing trees down. Branches can weigh hundreds of pounds and people do not realize how dangerous it is to take them off. Great blogpost! Thanks!
There is a lot danger in tree removal. We better call for an professional to help us on tree removal. Anyway thanks for sharing this article.
Thanks for posting this article. Any article that prompts property owners to hire a licensed tree service professional is helpful. Especially, if they live in close proximity to other properties. My tree service is located in San Diego where properties are very close to one another. Two things that I would like to add to all of these great points:
Insurance – Hiring a licensed and insured tree service will mean that if a tree service damages you or your neighbors property, the tree services’ insurance will cover the cost of the damages. If you do it yourself, you may end up paying for damages out of pocket. Many homeowners insurance policies have very specific clauses regarding who is qualified to do tree work. You may find your homeowners insurance company denying a claim if you do the work yourself and cause damage.
Hollow Trees – While we do not find a large number of hollow trees in San Diego, some areas of the US have a large number of hollow trees. Hollow trees are far more unpredictable than trees that are solid. Even some of the most seasoned tree service experts can have a hollow tree split half way up once the cutting process begins.
Definitely hire a licensed expert!
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The danger in trying to remove your own tree cannot be understated. We always recommend that if you want a tree removed then you contact a professional to do it for you.
Tree Service is a dangerous job. Being a Tree Service business owner myself it is always important to know the dangers of this business not only for myself but for my workers and customers. Thanks!
Tree removal is extremely dangerous. Even when you take the time and make sure all equipment is good it can still hurt you.
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Tree removal is still a very dangerous thing to do. Make sure to hire the professionals.
I’m glad you mentioned that removing trees with improper equipment is risky. My yard has a dead tree that I want to have removed. Thanks for convincing me that hiring a tree removal service would be worth the cost!
I agree that a tree removal job is indeed dangerous and should be left to professionals. There is a tree growing close to my neighbor’s powerlines, and he is planning to cut it himself. I better warn him about these so he can call a tree service instead.
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When talking about the tree removal process its really a big risk and not an easy process. It’s right to look for skilled professionals to do it. Based on what I’ve read, don’t do it on your own.
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Way too many unnecessary injuries on the commercial side, couldn’t imagine a home owner removing a tree themselves.
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It stood out to me when you said that trees don’t always fall the way we expect them to even if ropes are used. My husband and I have a White Aspen tree in our front yard that we want to remove to improve our home’s curb appeal. Thanks for helping me understand why it’d be worth the cost to hire a tree removal service for the job!
So important that you bring up decaying wood being a safety hazard. A tree’s instability is hard to determine to the untrained eye. Tree removal should be left to the experts. Great post!
It’s good that you point out that it’s important to hire a professional for tree removal due to the safety issues involved. I have some trees in my yard that I want to get rid of, so I’m considering hiring a tree removal service. I’m going to look for a good tree removal service in my area to hire.
I appreciate that you mentioned that we would cause more problems if we were to attempt removing a tree ourselves and that we should consider hiring a professional instead. We want to take down our old pine tree because it is having issues. Many of the branches are dying, and we are worried that it may fall over someday. To be sure that we won’t cause problems, I will consider hiring a professional.
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Thanks for sharing. Especially the bigger trees should be removed from the property in the safest way possible, which requires professionals with polished skills.
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It’s great that you elaborate on how it’s important to hire a professional to remove trees for you due to the safety hazards involved. I have a tree in my yard that I want to get rid of, so I’m considering hiring a professional to remove it for me. I’m going to look for a reputable tree removal service in my area to hire.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge. It’s always important to be aware of risks when going about tree removal.
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Hiring a professional arborist is so important! Do not over look this, your home, family and yourself could be in danger if overlooked.
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There are certainly a bunch of DIY Tree Service Charleston WV enthusiasts in my town. Tree removal is no joke. Combining Mother Nature and gravity is a battle you cannot mess around with. We always tell people to hire a professional tree service company, even if it is not us.
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We’ve certainly seen that not properly checking for power lines is an often overlooked hazard – one that is arguably the most dangerous, thanks for sharing.
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A lot of times, especially after winter, it is difficult for the untrained eye to know whether or not a branch is decayed or not. This makes climbing (not just for tree removal) that much more dangerous. Been doing tree work for 20+ years. The second most dangerous job behind crabbing. Thanks for the article.
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Yah I had a local DIY’er in my neighborhood who dropped a limb on a power line. We lost power for a few hours. Ole’ Jim hired professionals now, thank goodness.
Still a very relevant article today, thanks for writing such valuable content about the dangers of tree removal. I know lots of homeowners and commercial property managers could really benefit from these tips!
I’m glad you explained that sick trees can be more unstable than they look since they decay from the inside out. My husband thinks the large silky oak tree in our backyard might be sick because due to some seepage he noticed from the trunk. Thanks for helping me understand why it’d be worth the cost to protect our safety and hire a professional tree service to take a look soon.
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I definitely agree that no one can control the direction of a falling tree and the damage it can bring. We just saw a fallen tree that affected a nearby store and the owner was already expressing his disappointment over it. It would probably be better if every establishment would learn from this and hire commercial tree trimming services before it is too late.
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Thank you for highlighting the risks of tree removals, this is a good reminder for tree cutters.
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