What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘surgeon’?
Most likely you would visualize someone wearing medical scrubs working on a patient on the operating table and handling some medical tools, but nope, this article will be talking about the other kind of surgeon – the one that wears a hard hat, climbing gear, and carrying a chainsaw as he works his way up on a tree.
While medical surgeons maintain or restore the health of a person, tree surgeons on the other hand play a vital role in taking care of the trees around us.
Tree surgeons do not work inside hospitals but rather they offer their services in all sorts of locations where trees abound such as city, parks, and groves. They are also known as horticultural maintenance engineers or landscape architects responsible for maintaining the health of trees, pruning branches and shrubs, planting and transplanting, hedge cutting and removing trees.
Deemed as one of the most risky jobs in the world, Tree surgeons are likely exposed to dangers due to the height involved in the job coupled with high-powered machinery that they need to operate to get the job done.
However, people who love the outdoors and in for some adrenaline rush are the ones usually involved in the tree profession because they find it exciting. Tree surgeons are always prepared to work outdoors regardless of the weather condition.
Tree surgery is a hard, physically demanding job and surgeons must always be in top physical shape to perform the job. A good tree surgeon needs to be a good climber and must be adept in operating power tools at a very hazardous position on where else, but on a tree!
Literally like a tree hugger, a tree surgeon conduct hands-on maintenance of trees using high-powered machinery such as chainsaws, chippers, and excavators.
But more than just climbing trees, chopping of branches, and excavating trees, tree surgeons are experts who are knowledgeable about every aspect of a tree.
Now it’s clear that tree workers, tree surgeon, arborist or whatever it is called in other places, is not the usual nine-to-five office job. In fact, their office is everywhere and understandably not confined within four walls but rather outside in the forest, gardens, recreational parks, and even in commercial districts where trees need their attention.
Their services are not limited within a few distance from where their company is but at times they have to travel far to various locations where their services are needed. At times, tree surgeons are called to respond to emergencies especially when trees start falling due to an erratic weather or strong winds.
While it was mentioned earlier that tree surgeons are unlike surgeons in medical scrubs, both positions are actually similar in nature, both save lives. And while it is true that tree surgeons focus more on the health and maintenance of trees, the end goal really is for a sustainable environment that is both beneficial for the community as a whole.
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