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Some Tree Trimming Best Left to the Pros
For instance, only trained professionals should work near power lines, experts say
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SUNDAY, July 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Trimming or removing trees should be done with caution, particularly near power lines, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says.
In many cases, such work is probably best left to the professionals. For instance, any tree work within 10 feet of a power line must only be performed by experienced and trained line-clearance tree trimmers. At least two people must perform the work and must be within normal voice communication range, the agency explained in a news release.
Always assume all power lines are energized. Contact the utility companies to find out if they need to de-energize and ground or shield power lines before tree work begins, OSHA said.
Power lines aren't the only hazard facing tree workers, OSHA noted. The agency provided these additional safety tips:
The International Society of Arboriculture provides more information on tree work safety.
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