STATEWIDE – In light of a recent fatal logging accident in Ellsworth, experts are reminding the public how to stay safe while cutting trees.
Andy Wood, who is a safety management consultant for MEMIC, said training sessions, like those sometimes offered at the University of Maine’s forest field office, are essential.
He said while professional loggers have mandated training session, homeowners should take them, too.
Serious injuries often occur from poor technique, other trees in the area that are unstable or not having a good escape route when the tree comes down.
“And even though there are standards that the professionals have to follow, you know, OSHA guidelines and industry standards that we have here in the state. If you’re a homeowner you don’t have to follow those, but the injuries are going to happen just the same,” Wood said.
Wood also said to never work alone, be mindful of wind and always wear leg protection and a hard hat.