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OSHA gives tree trimming tips to Pennsylvania residents

Cutting or trimming a tree can come with several hazards that can cause injuries if they are not addressed. First, workers should not climb a tree with tools in their hands. In addition, they should make sure that a given branch is strong enough to hold their weight before they proceed to climb. Anyone who uses a chain saw or other tool should be trained in its use.

The chain saw or other tool should be properly maintained and in good working condition. Safety equipment should be worn at all times, and this includes gloves, goggles and noise protection. A hard hat may also be beneficial when working in a tree. If it looks like bad weather is in the area or approaching, tree cutting or trimming should be postponed until conditions are safer. It should always be assumed that any power line near a tree is live.

The power company should be notified about any tree cutting or trimming taking place in its vicinity. Any trees within 10 feet of a power line should only be cut by a professional. Before any work is done, the tree and the surrounding area should be assessed to ensure that the project can be done safely.

Injuries sustained on the job could lead to a financial hardship for a worker. However, most employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance coverage, and the benefits that are available thereunder to eligible employees who are injured on the job could include partial wage replacement when the injured worker is not able to return to the job while recovering. An attorney could help to ensure that the required claim is complete and filed on a timely basis.

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