Do tree surgeons work in the rain?
Tree surgery is a hazardous profession at the best of times and entails considerable danger however adverse weather of any kind can increase this risk. So do tree surgeons work in the rain?
The health and safety of our tree surgeons and customers is a top priority for oak ridge Tree care and so if bad weather is likely to affect the ability of our employees to undertake their work in the proper manner, then a decision will be made to curtail work until the weather improves.
Generally, our tree surgeons will make a decision on whether it is safe to work on the day the work is due to take place. If the weather is damp but not raining – or raining lightly with a chance of clearing up – then work will go ahead as planned. Similarly, if there are intermittent downpours but some periods of dryness then generally we will perform all ground-based work such as hedging and felling as normal.
If the downpours are continuous and there is little chance of the weather clearing then most tree surgeons will postpone any work. Some will carry out hedge trimming or finish off jobs that don’t require any climbing but any work which involves limb walking or significant technical skills will definitely be abandoned.
As weather conditions go, snow is one of the most disruptive to tree surgery businesses as it’s too dangerous to climb and too cold to operate handheld tools effectively. Clearing up is also impossible due to ground level snow cover. In these situations, we only ever perform emergency work.
Strong winds or gales are equally as troublesome for business as again the conditions are too risky for most tree surgery duties.
In the event of lightning, all climbing and limb walking must stop for obvious health and safety reasons.
The unreliable British summer can disrupt tree surgery work but we will do what we can when we can to complete jobs on time.