Work like tree trimming needs to be better organised
It was disappointing to read that a man had died cutting trees near Lake Powai just before the weekend. “
The young man who died after a heavy branch fell on him was a Chembur resident. He had been hired by a building contractor to cut branches from overgrown trees in a garden.
A report in that paper says that some workers were brought to the site in an afternoon to cut down overgrown branches. After the giant branch fell on the man during the trial, he was taken to the hospital but did not survive.
It is important that workers who are brought to cut trees receive adequate training. It is possible that they are trained and this can be a freak accident. We do not know. However, this paper goes beyond a tragic mishap and provides an overview of the felling and pruning of trees across the city.
Those who cut these trees must wear hard hats and be trained to do the job beforehand. An experienced supervisor on site should be compulsory. A small safety railing or barrier around the demarcated area with the indication that the felling of trees is activated is also a necessary precaution, not only for the workers but also for passers-by.
So often we see trees being felled and branches lying on the road. A couple of workers warn people to be careful or tell them to kick carefully with gestures.
We need to take a much more holistic and professional approach to tree felling, from the safety equipment and training of workers to the caution of locals who may traverse the area.
There has simply been too much controversy and tragic mistakes when it comes to falling trees and pruning. A more organized and very professional approach is the order of the day.
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