Only qualified utility line clearance professional arborists who meet OSHA qualifications are legally permitted to work within 10 feet of power lines or work on a tree that has branches within 10 feet of power lines.
Line clearance arborists are trained to:
Prune trees according to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A-300 pruning standards
Follow industry best practices, which helps preserve the health of trees
Never hire a private tree contractor to work within 10 feet of power lines
It’s a matter of safety and providing reliable power for the members we serve.
Safety—Utility vegetation maintenance reduces electric hazard risk to the public by:
Providing separation between wires and vegetation to eliminate potential electrical shock
Reducing potential wildfire hazards from tree/wire conflicts
Reliability—Trees are among the most common causes of utility service interruptions. Trees that are too close to power lines can interfere with electric service; especially when weather brings lightning, wind, ice, or wet snow.