Tree trimmer dies after falling with a fractured tree.
NIOSH 1995 Jul; :1-5
On February 14, 1995, a 33 year-old male tree climber/crew chief of a small tree trimming company was killed after he fell approximately 42 feet with a falling tree. The victim was working with two other employees to cut and trim a group of three vertical tree limbs (branching out from the main trunk) that had been tied together with steel cable. The victim was tied to the limb and, when he cut the cable, the limb fractured. He fell with the tree and was crushed. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Tree trimmers should be aware of alternate methods of safely removing hazardous trees; 2. Tree trimmers should be properly trained in identifying hazardous trees and in safely trimming or removing them; 3. Tree trimmers should utilize fall protection when climbing in trees.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Training; Region-2; Personal-protective-equipment; Hazards; Personal-protection; Protective-equipment; Logging-workers; Forestry-workers; Forestry
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
New Jersey Department of Health