What Protective Gear Does a Tree Surgeon Wear?

Tree surgeons prune old or damaged trees, helping to keep them alive and healthy, but this type of job can be risky, involving tasks at height, heavy load lifting and using dangerous equipment. What protective gear is available to a tree surgeon? Here’s what to wear and when to wear it.

Protecting the Head and Face

Tree surgeons need to consider protecting their heads: the face, ears, head and eyes from wood chips and the impact of the chainsaw if a kickback takes place. Tree surgeons must also wear a hard hat, visor and / or protective eye and ear protection.

Hard hats

All tree surgeons need to invest in a protective hard hat. Specially made hard hats for tree surgeons protect the face, ears and head with attached visor and ear defenders too. If you need the services of a Bournemouth Tree Surgeon, visit a site like kieranboylandtreeservices.com

Face and Eye Protection

Many tree surgeons prefer to wear a mesh visor attached to their helmets. Both mesh and polycarbonate visor protect against twigs and wood chips penetrating eyes.

Ear defenders

A lot of hard hats come with attached ear defenders; however, some tree surgeons chose to wear additional ear protection such as ear plugs.

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Dust mask

Some tree surgeons may choose to wear a dust mask visor for respiratory protection.

Protecting the Body

Most saws have safety features to address possible kickback, and to reduce the risk of injury from chain damage. EU regulations state that arborists and tree surgeons must wear chainsaw protective trousers, gloves, and boots, which means the fabric will have a chainsaw protective element.

Trousers and Protective Clothing

A tree surgeon can either purchase the utility trousers, and then use protective chaps over the top or wear specialist chainsaw trousers. Tree surgeons will often wear a belt and braces to help keep the protective clothing in place.

Hi-vis jacket and T-shirt

Most tree surgeons choose to wear a hi-vis jacket and / or t-shirt to make it more visible to the public and each other.

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Chainsaw protective gloves and General Purpose

Chainsaw gloves are made of cut-proof fabrics like the specialist trousers but normally this material only appears on the back of the left hand.

Some tree surgeons opt for leather mitts on the left hand when operating the chainsaw as most injuries occur on the back of the left hand.

Protective Boots

Chainsaw boots will include a steel toe cap with an extra layer of protective chainsaw fabric on any exposed surface. Also available are lace-up leather boots or rubber versions of the wellington boot. Specialist boots are designed to protect the wearer from both front and side cuts.