FPL uses only utility-qualified professional tree-trimming contractors, such as Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Burford's Tree Surgeons Inc. and Lewis Tree Service Inc., to manage the trees and plants around our power lines and equipment. The contractors are leaders in the field of utility arboriculture and utilize proven industry-standard pruning techniques.
Safety is a cornerstone of our commitment to customers and employees. Our contractor work force is required to follow all safety rules and regulations as outlined by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA 1910.269 includes training requirements for line-clearance workers, minimum approach distances, hazard assessment, and first aid/CPR training requirements.
FPL contractors use industry-standard pruning techniques to protect the health of trees while helping them to grow away from power lines. They follow guidelines set by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and American National Standard Institute (ANSI). The ANSI A300 standard has been accepted as the industry standard for tree and plant pruning and is endorsed by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the International Society of Arboriculture.
You should never attempt to trim any vegetation growing on or near overhead power lines. Only specially trained line-clearing professionals should work around power lines. Check your local listings to locate a contractor qualified to trim vegetation around power lines. Before work begins, be sure to verify that the contractor is licensed and insured, and complies with all applicable laws, codes, ordinances and/or permits.