What Every Asheville Tree Climber Should Know
Tree climbers risk their lives every single day by showing up to work and doing their job. Most people don’t realize how dangerous tree work can be. You hear about accidents all the time in the field due to factors such as negligence, bad training, lack of experience or faulty equipment.
Our tree climbers at Quality Tree Services always maintain a set of guidelines when climbing trees. We also utilize specialized safety harnesses and other equipment in order to stay out of harm’s way. If all is done properly, the job is completed in a safe and efficient manner.
Never leave the rope: The rope is what keeps us attached to the tree safely. So god forbid, we slip and fall or something happens, we are still attached to the rope and won’t drop to the ground. High winds or an attack from an animal could make tree climbing without a rope fatal.
Only climb in safe weather conditions: This is a must-follow rule. High winds, especially weather like rain, snow and ice can make tree work conditions near impossible and at the very least; a hazard.
Always wear a safety helmet: Falling branches from overhead and just in case, a fall to the ground could potentially happen in the worst situations. Having a safety helmet will protect your head and potentially save your life if the moment ever arises.
Be careful in older, untouched trees: Older trees in forests or property that have not been touches could be ready to drop some large branches. All it takes a strong gust of wind or pressure and weight from a tree climber and things have the potential to go horribly wrong. In cases like this, our climbers will inspect the tree to make sure everything is ok for safe climbing.
Don’t touch nests/nested animals: Harming nests or nested animals could be dangerous for you and it’s just not the right thing to do in any case. When we work on trees, we focus purely on the task at hand such as removing dead branches.
Don’t go near utility-lines: Power-lines are filled with thousands of volts of electricity. When working near these, we call the utility company. There is no reason in the world why any person besides a utility company representative should be working near power lines.