News reports continually
remind us that even experienced woodsmen and tree climbers are
easily killed while felling trees. Whether death occurs due to them
falling, kickback of the trunk, or being crushed under the tree, the
important lesson is to leave large tree removal to competent, insured
The larger the tree the greater the risk! Since many
amateurs will still attempt their own tree removal, this page
includes a partial list of important do's and don'ts when removing a
Never cut trees from a ladder. It's too easy for the ladder to kick-out
and cause a serious fall.
Never cut branches close to utility lines. Electrocution is a
Never allow spectators in the work area. Trees don't always fall
where you plan.
Never wear tree spikes for climbing unless the tree is being
removed. Spikes damage tree bark and create entries for insects and