How to Hire a Safe Tree Service

September 22, 2009
So you’ve made the decision to hire a tree service company to provide care for your landscape. Regardless of the task, they will be on your property working on your landscape, and you want to make sure they are working safely. To schedule a consultation with a certified arborist, visit http://www.davey.com/consultation. Steve Nagy, Davey Tree Service expert and ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, is going to educate you about safe work practices. So what does that mean? • First, proper PPE (personal protective equipment). Are they wearing hard hats, safety glasses and ear protection? • Does their equipment appear clean and in working order, or is it worn and tattered? • Are they wearing uniforms that appear to be neat and clean? • Are they familiar with ANSI and OSHA standards? Just ask the question. If you get a blank look back, you should be concerned! • If they are using large mechanical equipment, like bucket trucks and chippers, are they experienced with it, and does the equipment appear in working order. • Perhaps most importantly, have they communicated with you about the work to be done and any risk involved? Do they have a work plan? Remember, the lowest bidder on a project is not always the safest bidder. Selecting a tree service company that works unsafely can cost you far more in the long run. In addition to these questions, do some research. A visit to the TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) website, http://tcia.org/ , can provide you with a list of accredited tree service companies that meet industry standards for quality and safety. For more free Tree, Lawn, and Landscape Tips: follow us on Twitter - http://twitter.com/DaveyTree or visit us at http://www.davey.com
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