What is a Tree Hazard Assessment?
A Tree Hazard Assessment is just that — an estimation of the level of risk that a tree poses to persons or property due to failure to thrive. Risk Assessments are completed by certified arborists who inspect the physical condition of the tree and the area surrounding it. If a risk is identified by this assessment, recommendations on how to improve health and safety are made (sometimes this may mean complete tree removal).
When are Tree Risk Assessments required?
As a property owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that the trees on your property are in good condition. If a tree develops any kind of disease or defect (i.e. insect infestation, mechanical injury etc.), it can easily become a hazard. The purpose of a Tree Risk Assessment, as mentioned before, is to analyze the cost-benefit relationship of each tree and take measures to prevent damage from failure.
There are three different Tree Risk Assessments levels: