After Charley we took a tree like that off of my neighbor's house
without much drama at all. We just picked it apart, lifting out a limb
at a time. When we got down to the trunk, the thing was light enough
for the crane to lift it. He did get pretty close so there wasn't much
"stick" out there.
The mango tree on my screen cage came off in one lift.
I woudn't either. But he doesn't say anything about trying to hire
another crane for the next day.
If I were the arborist, I would have brought out the owner, who would
have said to the crane guy, "If you had never been here, you'd be okay,
but you lifted the tree up, and if you let it down, there's no reason to
think it will just settle where it was this morning. It may come
tumbling down taking the chimney and part of the house with it. And I
will be holding you and your crane company liable for all of that. and
all the consequential damages.
So why don't you stick around tonight and tomorrow and fulfill the
commitment you made when you hooked up this morning."
I think it's a fair position for the owner to take.
I would expect the owner of such a fancy house knows how to talk tough,
but if he doesn't, the arborist could have said these things.
Except for the guy who chose to stand on the chimney (How did he get
there?) I don't think the men were in any particular danger. But the
crane should have stayed there to keep the house safe.
BTW, that little 40 foot tree that I had hanging over my back yard rose
up to about 15 feet when I cut off the top 25 feet of the tree. A
miniature version of this, but not touching the house. (My neighbor
eventually got someone to get rid of the remaining 14 feet.)
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