Tree surgeons have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. They play a crucial role in keeping the earth clean, the roads free of obstructions, the households safe from harm, and many other reasons. They complement other people’s jobs in different industries in keeping the community in order.
What is a tree surgeon?
A tree surgeon, also known as an arborist (sometimes these two words are interchanged), carries out tree works that include felling, planting, trimming, care and maintenance, and assessing hazards within a property or community.
Trees are tall and grow to an immeasurable height. The aerial job is risky for a tree surgeon. However, this is part of his responsibilities. A tree surgeon with no tree climbing skills and not using necessary equipment while on treetop is risking his life and is not qualified to be called a tree surgeon.
A dangerous job
Since trees are tall, tree surgeons need to be adept in tree works that involve climbing. Though they also work in trimming hedges in the community, tree surgeons must be skilled in using the equipment while working on heights.
A tree surgeon is also responsible for the life of a tree. He must understand how and when a specific tree needs care. It is not all about cutting, trimming, and improving the trees’ appearance but is also about undertaking aerial works involving special equipment.
Tree surgeons observe safety in two ways. First, tree surgeons must ensure safety by knowing how to protect people and property from getting harmed while working. High up on the tree, tree surgeons must have the complete tools and safety gadgets like rods, ropes, carabiners, and boots with spikes for his protection.
Being a team worker, a tree surgeon should understand and ensure the people on the ground, including his staff, are safe. The team should keep the people and vehicles safe at all times. Dead tree branches are hazards when they fall randomly. Observation and practice of safe passing of tools from one person below are paramount.
Different tools and equipment must be working in good condition to avoid accidents while doing tree works. Chainsaws and trimmers should be used without harming the self and others. These also should not damage other trees.
The life of a tree surgeon
The works of a tree surgeon become his life. He spends around 40 hours a week, usually weekdays, but he needs to be ready during a 24-call-out emergency.
Most of the time, tree surgeons are exposed to different hazards. Since tree surgeons work outdoors for long hours, their prolonged exposure to weather and different locations make them prone to all kinds of danger. The locations they work on include parks, woodlands, highways, and residential properties.
Apart from being in danger of sickness brought by harsh weathers, tree surgeons are also working around with fumes, gas, sawdusts, fertilisers, and other harmful chemicals that are needed to carry out their tasks.
They can also face accidents from their life-threatening jobs by mishandling tools, slippery treks and tree branches, heavy loads, and exhaustion due to extended periods of labour.
No matter how demanding a tree surgeon’s job, it is their commitment to do what they deem best. At times, tree surgeons have little time for their families because they need to be away with them if the work involved long-distance travelling.
Getting the service of a certified tree surgeon
The demand in a tree surgeon’s job description only proves that the kind of work they do must comply with the standard required by this industry.
Alpine Tree Surgeons employ tree surgeons who have extensive training, certifications, and professional skills and experience before they embark on an actual job journey. However, training and certificates are useless if the work is inadequate and subpar. But for Alpine Tree Surgeons, their tree surgeons have proven their competency through the years of serving hundreds of clients in Guildford, Hampshire, Basingstoke, Southampton, Petersfield, Winchester, Farnham, Chichester, Aldershot, and many more.
For more information on the location and services, call the representatives on 01730 821277. Our offices are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, but we also respond to 24-hour emergency call out.