The Importance of Safe Tree Removal
At Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service, we understand that tree removal is a job that demands expertise, precision, and above all, safety. Our team of specialists adhere to strict safety procedures in order to protect themselves, onlookers, and surrounding properties in New Hampshire and Maine.
According to Tree Services Division Manager Chris Kemp, “There is very little margin for error with tree work. When doing removals we often put cones out around equipment along with signage, and there’s an assessment prior to the work where the targets and hazards are identified, and a discussion on how the scheduled work will be completed.”
Assessing Tree Health
We prioritize tree preservation whenever possible, but when the health or stability of a tree poses a threat, removal can be necessary. Manager Chris Kemp holds the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification certificate, which defines the procedures for inspecting the tree and surrounding area prior to removal.
Protecting Lives and Property
Tree removal can be a hazardous endeavor, especially when trees are close to structures or power lines. Without proper training and equipment, accidents can happen, resulting in serious injuries or property damage. Piscataqua’s team of certified tree removal technicians are well-versed in safety protocols to minimize such risks. Our crew is required to have a 10-hour safety OSHA training certificate, and they have arborist certifications from Maine, New Hampshire, and the International Society of Arboriculture. We take steps to prevent unauthorized access to a job site, and have a worker on the ground when working in congested areas. Oftentimes, we start a project early or work on weekends.
Safeguarding Power Lines
One of the most perilous aspects of tree removal is dealing with power lines. The proximity of trees to power lines requires meticulous planning and adherence to safety guidelines to prevent electrical accidents. Our team doesn’t work within 10 feet of energized utility wires, and we work closely with local utility companies, who may need to put protective sleeves on wires during tree removal operations. Our commitment to safety means we’ll never compromise on this crucial aspect.
Our employees are like family to us and their safety on the job is paramount. Chris will assess the job meticulously during an initial client meeting and then brief the crew. All members of the tree removal team are required to wear personal protective equipment that includes chainsaw pants, hardhats, steel toe boots, and hearing protection. We frequently use a crane to pick up tree pieces and move them to the equipment to be processed. When lowering branches, the crew uses pulleys and special ropes designed for that purpose. Piscataqua carries liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage for employees. According to Chris, “The tree staff is a team that has been working together for 8+ years. We are highly trained and knowledgeable with everything that we do.”
Minimizing Environmental Impact
When tree removal is necessary, our team takes care to minimize the impact on both the client’s property and the environment. We use protective mats when driving equipment off pavement and oftentimes use these mats when we need to protect lawns from debris. In environmentally sensitive areas, like wetlands or shore fronts, we make sure to comply with state and local regulations and secure any necessary permits in advance of tree removal.
When it comes to tree removal, safety is not an option—it’s a necessity. The team at Piscataqua Landscaping is committed to ensuring the safety of our crew, your property, and the environment. We pride ourselves on our expertise, state-of-the-art equipment, and adherence to safety procedures. When you choose us for your tree removal needs, you can trust that safety will always be our top priority.