About trees and risk management
Trees provide several benefits to our community and those living and working in the urban environment. However, there are also a few hazards involved. For example, older and larger trees are more likely to drop branches and cause root conflicts on the sites they inhabit. Remember to recognise risks and have safety strategies in place when managing trees.
Severe weather conditions, such as storms, are often the cause of increased hazards. Tree owners can follow these steps for a safe response to tree-related storm damage:
- Assess the damage.
- Take safety precautions.
- Resist the urge to do it yourself – call a professional arborist.
- Employ a competent, qualified and insured arborist.
A professional arborist can manage your trees and reduce any risks involved. They can help you with things like:
- Removing a target so a falling tree won't hit it.
- Pruning the tree.
- Cable and brace the tree.
- Providing routine care.
- Removing the tree.
Do you want to learn more about trees and potential hazards? Read the full article here.