State of New York Department of Health
Troy, NY: State of New York Department of Health, 2006 Jan; :1
In New York, 25 workers died doing tree work or logging between 2002 and 2005. Below are real-life descriptions of workers who were killed on the job. A logger was killed when he cut a support tree that was holding up a lodged tree. The lodged tree struck him. A tree service worker was electrocuted when his pruning tool touched a 7,200V power line. A tree service owner fell 100 feet to his death while trimming tree branches when the branch he was tied to snapped. A tree service worker was killed while chipping branches when he was caught and pulled into a wood chipper. A logger was killed when the butt of a tree he was cutting kicked back and struck him in the face. How Can These Accidents Be Prevented? Always work in teams. Inspect work zones prior to any work to ensure they are free from hazards such as danger trees, hanging limbs, power lines, or uneven terrain. Plan felling directions, felling hinges, and escape paths. Check the condition of tree branches before climbing on them or tying off safety equipment. Inspect equipment before each shift and remove damaged equipment from service until repaired. Follow manufacturers' recommended procedures for safe operation, trouble shooting, and maintenance when working with machinery. Get proper training in the use of a chainsaw.
Traumatic-injuries; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-measures; Safety-research; Logging-workers; Electrical-hazards; Electrocutions; Injury-prevention
NYSDOH FACE Program, Bureau of Occupational Health, Flanigan Square, Room 230, 547 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Tree-work FACE facts
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