When homeowners have large trees growing near power or utility lines, this can pose a major threat to nearby people, buildings and other structures. For this reason local power companies, such as CenterPoint or Entergy, proactively trim back limbs and branches that might interfere or damage power lines. However, many homeowners opt to hire basic tree care companies to perform additional tree trimming, either to significantly cut back the tree or to reshape the tree’s look for aesthetic reasons.
The danger in hiring basic tree care companies and landscapers for this task is that tree trimming near power or other utility lines is extremely dangerous, and very few tree care workers have the proper training to handle this job safely. In fact, electrocution is the leading cause of fatalities among tree care workers in the United States, so it is imperative to hire a tree service company with the safety training, specialized equipment and expertise to trim trees without posing a danger to themselves, other individuals or nearby property. Is the tree company you are about to hire OSHA-qualified to work near electric power lines and your favorite tree?
Many basic landscapers and tree care companies do not realize the hidden dangers that can easily exist when power and utility lines are near trees. Even if a tree worker does not come into direct contact with a power line while tree trimming, the tree branch itself can be a conductor of electrical current and can seriously injure or kill a tree worker. Untrained tree care companies are also not likely to utilize industry-accepted safety procedures or equipment, so their workers might be jeopardized because of unsecure harnesses or improper equipment.
To ensure that your tree trimming work is performed with the utmost safety and care, contact the tree care experts of Embark Services. Embark Services’s team of Certified Arborists are trained through the Electrical Hazard Awareness Program to work within the minimal approach distance of power and utility lines. This safety program is instrumental in protecting the lives of Embark Services’s tree care experts and ensures tree trimming is performed according to tree care industry standards. Embark Services takes pride in being one of Houston’s leaders for tree care safety, with their residential arbor crews meeting OSHA standards to safely work in proximity to power and utility lines. For more information on how you can get your trees safely trimmed and maintained near power lines, contact Embark Services directly, or request a consultation with their Certified Arborists.