Not My Problem Anymore…

A Thing of the Past…

Remember that storm I mentioned before on my first post? Well guess what? We had another one. Not a week later and we have had another crazy storm plow through and tear our neighborhood apart. This one was actually even worse than the first and I am so thankful I decided to go back to school. On my way home from work today, I saw at least 5 trees that were laid out in lawns and I even saw one on top of a car. Who leaves a car in front of a tree before a huge storm? Maybe I only know to move my car because I have experience in this horrific industry. These removals are a nightmare as I have mentioned before. Take a look at some of the pictures from this site and try to picture yourself working on some of these sites. I remember the first time we pulled up to one of these jobs and I just remember asking myself what have I gotten myself into?

As I drove through the neighborhood I could not stop grinning at the thought that I never have to take care of one of these messes again.  People really don’t think about the tree service industry a lot and I don’t think they get the credit they deserve. I actually read an article recently that said the tree service industry is among the top most dangerous jobs in the country right now. Even I had a little bit of a hard time believing that but if it’s online it must be true right?

I Was One of the Lucky Ones…

Although I have some occasional body pain and aches; I luckily never had any serious injuries on the job.  i have seen a few though.

I remember one year I was working on a job site with a few other guys and we were taking out a couple of trees for some big business building. Now when you do a tree removal, you can’t just chop it down and call it a day. For the big ones, you have to take out branches from the top to bottom and cut it down in sections. To do this, you have to use either a bucket truck or harnesses to reach the top like this:

Me and my buddy Greg were about 25 feet up in the air taking out branches when one of the latches on Greg’s belt snapped off and sent him straight to the ground. Luckily, there wasn’t anything on the ground that could have made the fall worse but that being said, the ground isn’t exactly soft.

Greg ended up breaking his tailbone from the fall and was out of work for months. We actually worked for a really respectable company and he got paid while he was recovering but it was still an absolute nightmare for him and his family. I couldn’t imagine being in some of these guys positions in certain fields that get hurt so badly and don’t even get paid for the time they have to take off.

These days the only thing I have to worry about hurting are my wrists from all the typing and computer work and I am totally OK with that. I might feel a little bit of carpal tunnel down the road but there aren’t many jobs out there these days that will have 0 impact on your body somehow down the road.