These People Were REALLY Sorry They Tried to Remove Their Own Tree

By: albertaarb - June 1, 2016

diy tree removal

Thinking about some DIY tree-cutting this weekend? Think again. In the past month alone, men died in Farmersburg, Indiana; Peru, Maine; and Sequatchie County, Tennessee while trying to cut down their own trees. Tree-cutting can be dangerous work.

Fatal Tree-Cutting Injuries

The Farmersburg, Indiana tree-cutter was Russ Myers, 51. The tree he was working on had suffered damage due to high winds. According to the Tribune Star, the tree "split and fell," pinning Myers under the tree, and "Sullivan County Coroner Jeff Griffith pronounced Myers dead at the scene after he was extricated by Thunderbird firefighters." Stephen Fuller of Peru, Maine, 63, was also the victim of a falling tree he was trying to cut down himself. The Portland Press Herald reports that Fuller was pronounced dead at the scene. Sequatchie County, Tennessee resident Gary Arnold, 37, also died after a tree split and fell on him. Sheriff Ronnie Hitchcock told the Times Free Press that "'He went out to cut the tree and notched it on one side and started cutting it on the other side and about 15 feet up the tree it split going up the center of the tree'" and that Arnold died of "blunt force trauma to the body."

Dangers of Tree Cutting

As the National Post warns, tree-cutting can be one of the most dangerous jobs you can have, and "It’s a job that can claim lives." In addition to the possibility of falling from the tree while working, "Workers also risk being electrocuted by power lines hiding in the brush, struck by limbs tumbling from an unsteady canopy or cutting themselves with their tools." If tree-cutting is that dangerous for professionals, the average civilian is likely to be at significantly greater risk. Without the training of a professional arborist and all the safety equipment that is necessary to minimize risk, amateur tree cutters could meet the same unfortunate fates as this month's tree-cutting fatalities.

Stay Safe and Hire a Professional

While getting out the saw and doing it yourself can be tempting, the risks of cutting down your own trees are real. Let a professional arborist handle the hassle and keep yourself safe. At Alberta Arborists, we have helped countless people get rid of trees safely and efficiently, and we can help you, too. Our highly experienced arborists are trained to remove trees from any location and can ensure no damage is done to your property. Click here to contact us or call the number at the top of the page for a free, no-obligation estimate of your job.

Hours of Operation 8am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday, After Hours Emergency call (780)448-0584
Website by Aaron Mumby Design & Monolith Digital
Home | Our Company | Services | News | FAQ | Testimonials | Resources | Free Estimate & Contact | Privacy Policy
Follow Alberta Arborists on:
We accept:
Please visit our affiliations:
Click for the BBB Business Review of this Tree Service in Edmonton AB