April 8, 2018
Are you concerned that the older tree that’s close to the roof of your commercial property could fall down at any moment? Has a recent storm weighed down the branches and limbs of the trees around power lines or pipelines, causing you to feel concern about the safety of your employees and potential liability?
If so, then it sounds like you’re already in the market for a professional tree removal. Be aware, however, that Canada has strict regulations when it comes to tree removal. If your company doesn’t follow these rules, you could be facing hefty fines and penalties.
To learn more about what to expect out of the process, as well as why you should always hire a professional to get rid of older or weakened trees on your property keep on reading this post.
Avoid a DIY Approach
We understand that, as a commercial property owner or a utility manager, you’re always looking for ways to save money.
However, we often find that owners and managers companies managing utility lines, or with power and gas lines on their property don’t fully understand the risks of tackling a tree on their own. Especially if you work with electrical elements, an improper removal of a tree can spell danger and disaster. It’s sad to think, but people have even lost their lives as a result of falling trees and branches.
If you don’t handle the removal in the correct way, following a step-by-step process, you’re putting yourself in harm’s way. Plus, you may not always be able to spot potentially weak and dangerous tree limbs. The professionals can accurately assess the risks to you and your employees.
Additionally, professional arborists and removal companies know exactly how to safely operate the often dangerous tools that need to be used throughout the process. Horrific accidents happen every year because of wood chippers, saws, and much more. Even the wildlife and insects present inside of a tree can cause serious health and safety risks.
In the end, it’s just not worth it to try to handle your removal process on your own.
Understanding Canada’s Tree Removal Regulations
So, you’ve decided that you need to get rid of a tree on your commercial property. You’re ready to call in a professional to take it down, right?
In Canada, there are several rules and regulations that you’ll need to consider before you’ll be allowed to cut down a tree on your property. Usually, you’ll need to get written approval from a manager of Parks, Forest, and Recreation within your city or town.
After that, the city will send out representatives from Urban Forestry, who will fully assess and inspect the situation. Only then will you be either approved or denied a permit the right to remove your tree.
Make sure that you follow this process completely to avoid being hit with hefty fines. Again, this is why getting in touch with a professional is a smart idea.
What To Look For In A Tree Removal Company
Now that you have a better understanding as to why tree removal isn’t something that you should try on your own — especially if you’re a power or gas company?
Let’s discuss the qualities that you should look for in a quality tree removal company.
First of all, ensure that the company you’re considering working with hires certified arborists. This helps you not only when it comes to following the letter or the law, but also better protects the rest of your property. Additionally, make sure that the company has commercial liability insurance, as well as worker’s compensation. If possible, always ask to see proof of that insurance.
Of course, you’ll also need to ensure that the removal company can actually handle the size of your tree! This is why you should always get an estimate in person, and never over the telephone.
Finally, always ask the company for references from past customers, so that you can understand the level of customer service and attention to detail that you can expect.
Understand What Happens After Tree Removal
So, you’ve hired a professional removal company to help get the fallen branches and more out of the way. Now there’s one more question: where exactly do those trees go after they’ve been removed?
At Pevach, we’re dedicated to helping to protect the environment. Plus, with anywhere between 3.5 and 7 billion trees cut down in a single year, we understand that it’s important to save as many trees as we can.
That’s why we make every effort to either replant or find another use for the trees that we’ve had to cut down or remove. We give smaller trees to schools and our local communities, and anyone else who wants them! When we have leftover stumps, we grind them down to make wood chips. If you’d like, you’re even able to keep your firewood!
When you work with us, you can rest easier knowing that your tree removal process didn’t harm the environment, and may have even provided a tree to a family or community.
Ready To Hire A Tree Removal Company?
We hope that this post has helped you better understand the rules and regulations of getting rid of a tree on your property. And, why it’s important to work with a professional. The last thing that you want is to end up paying hefty fines — or putting your employees in harm’s way.
Of course, the ease of the process depends almost entirely on the quality of the professionals that you work with. When you’re looking for qualified and expert tree removal professionals, get in touch with us to schedule an estimate.