“In the aftermath of many storms, tree care services are often some of the first to respond and aid those in need.”
Considering Storm Work? Preparation Is Key.
In the aermath of many storms, tree care services are oen some of the first to respond and aid those in need. However, experts in the indus- try caution those looking to expand their companies’ services to include storm work. There is much to con- sider before heading out to clear those fallen trees. Weather can be unpredictable, and the U.S. experiences a wide variety of storms depending on location and time of year. According to the Nation- al Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin- istration (NOAA), forecasts for this winter indicate drier-than-average conditions across the South with wet- ter-than-average conditions for areas of the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, North- ern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. But weather predictions are inher- ently imperfect, and tree service companies need to be ready to an- swer all types of calls, whether it’s for tornado, hurricane, snow or even ice-storm-related tree damage. Tree experts suggest making sure the en- tire company is well prepared before
Tree service companies need to be ready to answer all types of calls, whether it’s for tornado, hurricane, snow or even ice-storm-related tree damage. Photo by Sarah Camp @ Flickr.com.
fueling up the trucks to avoid poten- tial risks for employees and clients. Before jumping into storm work, it is important to make sure the company is properly insured, suggests Brian Fain of Ferguson & McGuire, an insurance agency headquartered in Wallingford, CT. Fain, a commercial
insurance advisor to tree industry clients, suggests that companies obtain the proper insurance policy (an umbrella policy) that includes all the essential coverages. In addi- tion to general liability, professional liability and commercial property insurance, tree service companies should also consider policies that
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“Before jumping into storm work, it is important to make sure the company is properly insured.”
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