I recently read an article about a 72 year old man who was trimming his tree while on a 22-foot ladder when he fell. He was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Ladder Safety & Trimming Trees
There are a couple of lessons we can learn from this man’s unfortunate accident. If you and your team work on landscaping, make sure everyone gets training on how to properly trim trees.
The number one thing to remember is to never have your ladder lean against the tree or plants you are trimming. Having your ladder be independent from the tree makes it less likely that a branch will snap back and knock you off your ladder. Another risk of leaning against the tree you are trimming is that the branch you are leaning on could end up falling. Here’s a video showing how that can happen. When working on landscaping, it may be a better option to use a stepladder rather than an extension ladder.
You also need to remember to follow the belt buckle rule. While trimming trees, it may be tempting to lean to one side to reach the branch, but this often leads to the ladder tilting or worse, falling, knocking the worker to the ground.
Hopefully these tips can help you work safely!