My Tree Service LLC

I was in Centralia yesterday treating a couple of Sweetgum trees to kill the gumballs. It was the first nice day we have had in about a week and many contractors were taking advantage of the dry weather. The sound of a chainsaw buzzing always catches my attention so I noticed when one of my competitors was working a few blocks away. It looked like the owner of the tree service company whose truck was parked in front of the house was in a tree in the back yard and was limbing it out. All the limbs had been removed and he was down to the large trunk pieces. I bring this up because the scene reminded me of a monthly professional publication that I read, TCIA magazine. Every month they have a contest with a picture of somebody doing tree work and ask the reader to spot violations to OSHA and/or ISA regulations. In just passing by, I noticed a few obvious PPE issues like no head protection or hearing protection. Then there was the one obvious safety and procedural regulation that states a climber in a tree running a saw must have two points of attachment.  It’s really a common sense thing because what if you lose your balance and cut your own lanyard with the saw or experience some other type of accident? Nobody plans to fall out of a tree, that’s why they are called accidents. At My Tree Service, safety is a really big deal. The OSHA regulations and ISA standards are there to keep professionals thinking about safety all the time, not just when it’s convenient and not just when the boss is watching. When other tree services act unprofessionally, it gives the industry a bad reputation as a whole. This is one of the main reasons why workers compensation insurance is so high for tree workers.  If you work for a tree service, make sure they have the workers compensation policy displayed in a common area, it’s the law! If you hire a tree service, the workers compensation coverage will be noted on the Certificate of Insurance. And, if you do tree work, do it safely. Everything I do comes from experience (some good, some bad) and education. If you take chances, your luck will run out. If your prepared, it’s not a problem. If your not prepared for whatever reason, you will become another statistic. “Work safe, work smart”.

Jim Brown – Owner
My Tree Service LLC