The seemingly non-stop succession of nor’easters hitting the east coast during March, 2018 has resulted in catastrophic damage from high winds and downed trees. With four storms in less than three weeks, thousands of residents along the eastern coastline have been left reeling with no power and no relief in sight. In the wake of these storms, many homeowners find themselves in the position of needing help from a tree company to remove debris and downed trees from their property.
Unfortunately, this overwhelming need opens the door for unlicensed, uninsured workers to solicit work from homeowners desperate for help. These “storm chasers” are often mistaken for experienced tree professionals despite the fact that they have no training in the intricacies of safe tree removal. The importance of this training should not be overlooked. A recent article in Science Daily stated “Tree care workers regularly encounter heights, slippery conditions, falling limbs, sharp equipment and electrical wires. The incidence of injuries increases after storms when unqualified “storm-chasers” with chainsaws and landscaping companies offer their services to uninformed homeowners.”
The risk of injury to both worker and your property is substantially lowered when working with a professional tree service company whose personnel is required to participate in rigorous training. When seeking out a tree service to help with post-storm cleanup, it’s important to take a number of factors into consideration. First, ask to see that they are fully insured and licensed according to the laws that govern each state. Additionally, ask if they are TCIA-accredited and have completed an extensive review of their safety practices. It is also a good idea to check with neighbors and ask for recommendations. Does the company have a good reputation for performing safe, efficient, quality work.
As a professional tree care company which is is TCIA accredited SavATree is also held to the ANSI Z133 standards, which addresses å safety requirements for pruning, repairing, maintaining and removing trees and for using equipment in such operations.
To learn more about SavATree and how we can help you recover from storm damage to your landscape, visit https://www.savatree.com/storm-cleanup.html