When it comes to pruning trees, certified Texas arborists have a range of tools and techniques at their disposal. Electric trimmers and pole saws are two of the most commonly used tools for pruning trees. Chainsaws can also be used, but only by trained arborists. It is essential that safety equipment is always worn when performing tree care operations, such as safety glasses, ear protection, gloves, helmets, protective showers for chainsaws and appropriate footwear.
Long-sleeved shirts and long pants can also help protect against scratches, the sun and poisonous plants. Loose-fitting clothing or jewelry should not be worn, as they can get caught on the equipment and become a hazard. The choice of tool depends on several factors, such as accessibility, the size of the branch, the position of the branch and the location of the cut. Pruning shears are best suited for cutting small branches, while chainsaws can cut large branches quickly. The websites of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the ANSI Standard Z133 of the United States National Standards Institute provide information on appropriate actions, procedures, and equipment for tree care operations. As an expert in tree pruning techniques, certified Texas arborists must consider several factors to ensure safe and efficient pruning.
The right tool must be chosen for the job, providing efficient pruning while minimizing risks. For example, when using a chainsaw for pruning trees, it is important to comply with OSHA regulations and attend safety classes. When using ladders for tree care operations, employers must comply with OSHA's Walking and Working Surface Standard (29 CFR § 1910, Subpart D).In addition to safety regulations, certified Texas arborists must also be aware of potential electrocution hazards when working with trees near power lines. Chainsaws, chippers and other power tools used in tree care and removal operations generate high levels of noise when in use.
The occupational noise exposure standard requires employers to use feasible administrative or engineering controls to address noise risks and use PPE if administrative and engineering controls fail to reduce sound levels within the levels specified in the standard. Aerial lifts are considered a safe method for positioning employees when participating in tree care or removal operations. However, climbing rotting or damaged trees can be dangerous. If it is impossible to use an aerial device and if climbing is not safe, staff platforms that comply with 29 CFR § 1926,1431 can be suspended for crane personnel. Finally, employers must comply with 29 CFR § 1910.242 (a) which requires them to be responsible for the safe condition of tools and equipment used by employees. The standard on hand and portable power tools and other portable equipment (29 CFR § 1910, Subpart P) contains some other requirements that apply to chainsaws and other tools used during tree care and removal operations.