Cutting trees down at home can save money, time and enable you to shape your outdoor space exactly to your liking. It can also cause you serious injuries. It is important to follow necessary safety precautions.
Many people fancy themselves as a bit of an amateur landscaper. We have visions for our gardens, picturing them perfectly in our mind’s eye. The reality is that creating and cultivating the perfect garden takes a lot of work. It can also result in significant injuries.
What are the top three injuries caused by cutting trees down at home?
- Head injuries: The first of the common injuries caused by chopping down trees at home is also the most dangerous. There’s a reason tree surgeons wear such an extensive range of Personal Protective Equipment, the most important of which is undoubtedly the helmet. This is because the consequences of a head injury from a falling tree are likely to be extremely serious. If you’re lucky, you will suffer a bout of concussion. More likely, you will be subjected to significant, possibly life-altering damage.
- Broken bones: Similar to head injuries, a tree falling on a limb or other body part can easily lead to broken bones. For example, you could misjudge where the tree will fall and have it smash down on your foot. Or you could trap your arm under the wood. There are numerous potential causes of broken bones. When it comes to cutting trees down at home, you simply can’t be too careful.
- Cuts and lacerations: You may suffer injuries from defective equipment. You may accidentally cut yourself with a saw. You may nick your finger on a thorn. Or your hands may simply be the victim of lengthy wear and tear. Whatever the cause, cuts and lacerations are common injuries associated with cutting down trees at home.
How to avoid injuries when cutting down trees
Like helmets and hard hats, substantial protective gloves are an essential part of the PPE for working with trees. As well as protecting you from injuries, they also bring additional comfort, especially on cold days.
It’s important to remember if you are injured whilst chopping down a tree, you may be due injury compensation. If the accident wasn’t your fault, then call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis and usually settle out of court. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: March 17, 2017
Author: Accident Advice