I don't think that anyone should tend to bee hives without a friend, relative, or neighbor close by to check on them. You just never know when the bees are going to get alarmed and sting. If you are going to dabble in beekeeping, make sure that the course you takes includes information to pass along to people who will help you in case of an emergency, including first aid for bee stings.
I have a friend who is a beekeeper and accidentally disturbed his hive while doing yard work. He was stung repeatedly, and by the time his family members returned home later in the day, he was lethargic and sick.
My friend recovered, but who knows what might have happened if his family had come home later. If someone who knew how to handle the situation had been there with him, he could have been given first aid and taken to the hospital to get the immediate care he needed.