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Use caution with tree limb removal

(Nov 03, 2011)

Westminster Fire Department recently responded to an emergency call involving an individual that fell to his death after climbing a large cottonwood tree to remove damaged limbs from the recent snowstorm. Sadly, the climber was not wearing a harness.

This tragic situation is a very real reminder to all of us; it is important to use proper safety procedures while performing tree limb removal.

Harnesses to prevent falling, proper equipment to do the removal, eye protection, proper use of chain saws and a good dose of caution are all necessary.

If you do not have the proper safety equipment or the skills needed, consider hiring a professional; the expense is well worth avoiding serious injury or death.

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