Trees Inc????

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by NIXRAY, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. NIXRAY

    NIXRAY LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 511

    First off, let me apologize if this is miss-categorized.

    Recently there was a rather heavy storm that whipped its way thru Michigan,
    The same front that caused havoc and tragic loss to the state of Illinois.

    Trees Inc, the tree contractor for Consumers Energy as well as many other utility companies thru out America.
    Was dispatched to my house due to a large limb coming down and pulling the primary power and meter out of my house, I understand the role of Trees Inc.
    Remove any over head hazards, while the work they performed was not necessary as the remainder of the tree was not a hazard. And they did NO ground work or any attempt to clean the fallen tree or the section they fell.
    Is this common practice for them to not do any ground work or clean up???

    I will post pics soon....we all love pics!

    Thanks for any insight.
     
  2. there might be a clean up crew following up after a while, I"ve seen that here, get the line free move to the next one and worry about cleanup later.
     
  3. NIXRAY

    NIXRAY LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 511

    That makes sense, remove the threat move on to higher priority calls etc....
     
  4. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,663

    I think that what you see now is all you are going to get out of them. They are working for the power company. Their job is to remove just enough debris so the power can safely be restored. The homeowner, (you), is responsible for the rest of the cleanup. Your homeowners insurance should cover most of that cost.
     
  5. NIXRAY

    NIXRAY LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 511

    And what if I perform the clean up and invoice Consumers MY bill?
     
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,663

    If the tree is on your property, then you are responsible for cleaning it up. That is my opinion. At least that is how it would be here in Texas.
    Why would the power company feel like they should pay for removing a fallen tree that you, or another homeowner, planted too close to their powerline??
     
  7. NIXRAY

    NIXRAY LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 511

    I understand, and please know that was sarcasm. However the tree was on City (Township) property. it "fell" on my property.
     
  8. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,663

    OK, in that case, I think you should talk to the "City" folks. It seems to me they should handle the cleanup, since it is their tree, now lying on your property. I don't see why they would have a problem taking responsibility for the final cleanup. Our city authorities here, do not have a problem doing that type of thing.

     
  9. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
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    This is debated in many regions every year. It is going to vary state to state. You will need to know the law. Don't believe what the city tells you just because somebody on the other end says so. I'm my area, no matter where it is rooted, whatever falls on your land is your responsibility. This law only applies in an act of God. If the neighbor or city fells a tree, they are responsible for the cleanup. The only exclusion to this law is where you the homeowner sends a registered letter to the owner where the tree is rooted prior to the act of God i.e. ( you have a tree that we as homeowners feel is in danger of falling and damaging my property). At this point the owner where the tree is rooted is responsible. As you can see, this can be debated. I would know my law before I did anything.
     
  10. NIXRAY

    NIXRAY LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 511

    Thank You to all that have thus far replied, and a big Thanks to 123hotdog, as that was very informational.
     

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