Few jobs posses a level of danger matched by physical exertion quite like a tree surgeon. Injuries at work are a very serious and very real danger.
Accidents at work: How they happen for tree surgeons
The vast majority of a tree surgeon’s work involves climbing trees for repair, removal and pruning purposes. They are also tasked with maintaining hedges, removing tree stumps and felling trunks as and when required. They work in all conditions and in fact the cooler temperatures are often a welcome relief from the blistering sun. Maintaining concentration is crucial to avoiding workplace accidents for tree surgeons.
As well as the heights, weather and natural environment involved, tree surgeons must also be wary of the dangers of the equipment and tools involved in the jobs. The machines used for cutting, felling and trimming are highly specialised and extremely powerful.
All of these elements combine to make the threats to safety at work for tree surgeons both many and varied. Here are five of the chief offenders.
- Falling debris
Once a branch is cut loose, gravity takes over. Precisely where it lands is never an exact science as high winds and obstructive tree sections below contribute to its mazy descent. This can be dangerous for workers at ground level who could fall victim to cuts, bruises and substantial blows to the head.
- Trips and falls
Woodland floor is far from the most stable surface. Potholes, puddles, piles of leaves, raised roots and low tree stumps are just some of the elements providing potential trip hazards.
- Falls from height
Of course, the most precarious position for a tree surgeon is working from the summit of a tall trunk. One wrong move here could prove catastrophic.
- Malfunctioning machinery
Injuries from faulty products are a very real concern for tree surgeons. As mentioned, the tools are highly specialised and require a high level of expertise in order to be used safely.
Working in the great outdoors can take its toll on the body. Being exposed to the elements for prolonged periods of time can make you vulnerable to anything from a common cold or sunburn to hypothermia.
Whatever your job, if you are injured at work it’s worth finding out if you are due work accident compensation. Give our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline a call today to get started on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown