Know your limits
The key to safety in tree care and removal, is knowing your limits. Consider your environment, the task and your level of training and experience when planning the equipment and approach you will use in tree care.
“If it's a sizable cut, it's safer to get up in the tree where you can cut in a comfortable position secured to the tree,” says Chisholm. “Anytime you can’t work safely from the ground, you really shouldn't get into a tree unless you’re trained to do so.”
To reduce the risk of injury, Chisholm suggests never cutting above your head as you run the risk of having a pieces fall on you from above. He says consider using a pole saw, but nothing is safer than being in the tree. Whatever you’re cutting, know what your strength and training permits.
“The people who stay safe out there are the ones who realize their limitations and stop before it’s dangerous,” says Chisholm. “The hard part is realizing when you should be doing something different.”