File this under Precautions I Never Thought to Mention: The Telegraph newspaper in the U.K. has reported on what can happen if you're maybe a little distracted while pruning a tree.
"A handyman who was injured in a 'Laurel and Hardy moment' after propping his ladder against the tree branch he then sawed off is suing his employers."
It goes on...
"Peter Aspinall, 64, had been asked to prune a sycamore tree in the grounds of a hotel, but instead of leaning his ladder against the trunk he placed it against the branch he was hacking down.
When the branch fell it took Mr. Aspinall with it, 14 feet to the ground below. He broke his heel, damaged his ligaments and had to spend ten days in hospital recovering from surgery on his injuries."