Completing Yard Work Safely

By: Stephanie Collins Email
By: Stephanie Collins Email

A man was rushed to the hospital Friday after falling from a ladder while doing yard work. It raises questions about what work in your yard should be left to the professionals.

“If you can't safely reach it with your ladder, you shouldn't be out there doing that sort of thing,” says Doug Walsh the Battalion Chief with the Grand Junction Fire Department.

While officials with the Grand Junction Fire Department say they see a range of injuries during this time of year, Friday’s fall isn't something they see too often, “Much more common events for us are people digging in their yards and hitting utility lines whether it's a buried gas line, phone line, power lines, that sort of thing,” says Walsh.

Russell Swanson with Proscapes Landscaping offers some tips for consumers who want to do yard work themselves, “For trimming trees number one you need to have a spotter, so you have two people, one up high and one down below. You need some kind of a safety harness not attached to the tree but to something more stable,” says Swanson.

The man who fell off a ladder while trimming his trees Friday hit a power line as he fell. The Grand Junction Fire Department wants to remind the public that they should never attempt to trim their trees away from a power line on their own.

And when it comes to planting or digging in your yard the number one thing you need to do is contact the Utility Notification Center of Colorado; that way you know that where you are digging is safe and you won’t accidently hit any utility lines. You can contact the utility notification center by simply dialing 811.

Click the link below this story for more information on the Utility Notification Center of Colorado.

The identity and condition of the man who fell Friday has not yet been released.

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