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Tree climber crushed by falling tree section.

New Jersey Department of Health
NIOSH 2002 Feb; :1-17
On June 4, 2001, a 24-year-old tree trimmer was killed when the tree to which he was secured fractured beneath him and fell to the ground. Since he was tied to the tree with his lanyard, he fell with the broken section, and was crushed under it. NJ FACE staff concluded that, to prevent similar incidents, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. The employer should assess each job for safety hazards and design a work plan that addresses methods of dealing with the hazards during the tree service process. 2. The employer should conduct a job briefing, based on the work plan, before starting each job. 3. All safety equipment should be inspected for damage before each job. Any damaged equipment should be removed from service and replaced with equipment that conforms to ANSI Z133.1. 4. The employer should establish a written safety and health policy and written company operational policies that include ANSI Z133.1. 5. Employers and employees should become familiar with available resources on safety standards and safe work practices.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Work-areas; Work-environment; Work-operations; Workplace-monitoring; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-programs; Occupational-health-programs; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Forestry-workers
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Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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NTIS Price
Identifying No.
FACE-01NJ055; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008345
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Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health