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Question DetailsAsked on 12/24/2016

2 oak trees cut down in yard free wood

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Lots of prior questions and answers in the Lawn and Garden > Tree Service link in Browse Projects, at lower left, on how to get rid of unwanted dead trees or downed tree wood. Note the comments regarding your potential liability if you let someone come on your property to do this, particularly with large hardwood trees requiring serious chainsaw work - someone cuts their leg off in your yard clearing your dead tree away and you can bet it will come back on you.


Far safer to have a commercial tree service company do it under contract to you (with approrpiate company insurances) and at least stack the wood near the street (on your property) with a FREE sign on it for people to take away - at least that way the very substantial hazard from felling or cutting up the tree is eliminated, though personal injury due to someone hurting their back or dropping pieces on their foot or having their car hit because it is in the edge of the street whileloading up are still liabilities you might be exposed to.


Another option would be to contact Firewood companies and contract with one which has good liability insurance and any required worker's comp to come do it - paying them a nominal amount so they are acting as a contractor to you rather than you selling the wood to them, so that shifts the primary responsibility for injury to them, though of course you are never going to be totally free of potential liability for anyone on your property.

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