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A tree trimmer dies when he falls from a tree and is struck by a limb.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2010 Jun; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
20037780
Abstract
A 43-year-old tree trimmer died after being struck by a limb of an adjacent tree. The victim was cutting off branches as he climbed up a dead tree. He had climbed to about 30 feet and cut off the top of the tree. As the treetop fell it struck an adjacent tree, which then toppled and caused the tree in which the victim was working to fall. As he fell towards the ground with his fall arrest equipment anchored to the tree, the victim was struck in the face by the branch of a third tree. Co-workers freed the victim from the fallen tree and called for assistance. When emergency responders finally arrived on the scene the victim was pronounced dead. The CA/FACE investigator determined that in order to prevent future incidents, employers who employ tree trimmers should ensure that: 1.) Every tree removal job is assessed for potential hazards posed by dead trees, and safe work procedures to eliminate the hazards are implemented. 2.) Tree trimming and felling should be performed or supervised by workers trained and certified by organizations such as the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture).
Keywords
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Landscape-services-workers; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Safety-education; Safety-engineering; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Traumatic-injuries; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-practices
Publication Date
20100602
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
PB2011-101381
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-09CA010; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-56
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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