Line clearing tree trimmers are professionals who have received specialized training to work within 10 feet of energized lines and electrical equipment. They provide maintenance and removal of trees, usually near active power lines. Tree trimmers use advanced rigging, cutting, and climbing techniques to identify trees and sections of trees that pose a hazard. Trees beyond the right of way (usually 10 feet or more) can be safely pruned by tree care professionals without additional training in utility skills. When it comes to trees and other vegetation near utility power lines, utility companies and homeowners often have different goals.
Utilities are legally required to address trees in their rights-of-way, and each utility company has a vegetation management plan that considers the unique characteristics of its region and electrical system to mitigate any potential tree hazards. Tree trimmers, as well as their ladders, platforms, and aerial devices cannot approach an energized part that the minimum approach distance for that situation, the safety distance is a priority to save lives. If you suspect that your trees are growing near energized power lines, contact your local energy company immediately to avoid any dangerous outcome. The Arborist Line Clearance Certification is designed for the tree worker whose person, tree or equipment is within the 10' safety zone around energized cables. Davey's public services include everything from authorizing distribution and transmission rights-of-way to utility forestry consulting services and custom herbicide applications. Tree pruning is a necessary part of utility work and brings with it a variety of safety issues, including driveline characteristics, safe tool operation, fall protection, and personal protective equipment (PPE) that must be used for the task.
Each electric saw weighing more than 15 pounds and used for tree trimming must be supported by a separate line, except when the work is performed from an overhead lift or during cutting or removal operations where a support branch is not available. Before cutting down any tree, workers should clear weeds or other potential obstacles that may interfere with the felling of the tree or the use of the retreat path. As an apprentice tree trimmer, you can expect to earn stable wages and 100% employer-paid benefits for the duration of your program. We also note that Wright employees will be asked to tie up energized conductors to prevent them from breaking when tension is released from a tree when removing it.