If a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there to hear it – does it make a sound?
If a tree falls on your property, however, and someone’s standing in the way? Trust us – you will hear about it.
Safety is perhaps the most important aspect to consider when hiring a tree care contractor. Not just for the trees that you’re having trimmed and pruned (though that is the end game, obviously) – but specifically for the workers who will be present on your property for the duration, your neighbors, and your own family.
Believe it or not, working in the tree care industry is considered one of the most dangerous professions in the country due to the towering heights and sharp instruments inherent with the job; the constant threat of falling; power line entanglement and electric shock; and many more nasty accidents just waiting to happen.
So: Is your tree care contractor certified, licensed, and insured?
It is absolutely critical that the professional you hire is up-to-date on all industry safety standards. Take care to find an industry-trained arborist, and not a fly-by-night tree trimmer who advertises that they are “fully insured.” All too often, that talk is as cheap as the results they ultimately deliver.
All tree care contractors in Maryland must obtain a license to practice and advertise their services throughout the state. Obtaining a license requires the applicant to possess a related college education plus one year of experience under a Licensed Tree Expert, or to have three years’ experience and pass an exam, in addition to carrying adequate liability and property damage insurance.
Some rules of (green) thumb to follow when hiring a tree care contractor:
- Make sure your arborist carries liability and workers compensation insurance.
- Confirm that he or she follows all local and state laws regarding tree care work.
- Confirm that he or she follows all applicable safety standards and is equipped with the proper protective equipment, such as: safety glasses, ear protection, hard hats, and more.
- Ask your tree care contractor to explain the processes he or she will follow to complete the work.
The bottom line? Any tree care contractor you hire should be more than willing to provide an up-to-date certificate of insurance for your review, confirming that they are meeting or exceeding safety and tree care standards and ensuring that you will not be held liable for any accidents, damage, or injuries stemming from work on your property.
If you are in the market for quality, comprehensive tree care work, Eos Outdoor Services can deliver on time and within budget. We are licensed Maryland Tree Experts, and safety is our number one priority. Call us today at 410-648-2820.