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Tree trimmer dies after falling 65 feet from tree in Virginia, September 3, 1991.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1991 Nov; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
00206927
Abstract
The case of a 34 year old male tree trimmer who died after falling 65 feet from a tree was investigated. The victim was employed full time as a tree trimmer by a tree care service. During his off time he and his brother continued with tree trimming activities. The victim and his brother had been contracted by a general contractor to remove a large oak tree from the yard of a private residence. The victim had successfully topped the first two forks of the tree and was beginning to work on the third and final fork when he fell to the ground from about 65 feet. The cause of death was massive internal trauma. Investigation of the incident revealed that the connectors on both ends of the climbing cradle ropes were fastened with wire and electrical tape. While the victim was leaning back making a cut, the pressure caused the rope to pull loose and the victim fell to the ground. The connector was still attached to the D-ring on the harness. It was recommended that correct fastenings be used at the connectors for all climbing cradle ropes; that workers inspect all fall protection equipment; and that the feasibility of a redundant fall arresting system be considered.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-91-30; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-equipment; Traumatic-injuries
Publication Date
19911122
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-193663
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-91-30
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-56
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-91-30, 4 pages
State
VA; WV
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