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A tree trimmer dies from asphyxia when compressed by palm fronds.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 12CA011, 2014 Feb; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
20044099
Abstract
A tree trimmer died while trimming the fronds from a palm tree in front of an apartment building. The victim climbed up the tree and underneath the dead palm fronds. He cut the dead fronds with a chain saw and then starting pulling on the fronds that were stuck. The frond skirt fell on the victim pressing him against the tree trunk and suffocating him. The victim was not a certified tree worker, nor was he supervised by one. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future incidents, tree trimming companies and self-employed tree trimmers who trim or remove palm trees should ensure that: 1. Palm tree trimming or removal is performed or supervised by workers trained and certified by organizations such as the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) or the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). 2. Proper work procedures and equipment are used. In addition, property owners who need palm trees trimmed or removed should: 1. Hire only tree trimmers who are trained or certified by organizations such as the TCIA or ISA.
Keywords
Region-9; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Employee-exposure; Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Accidents; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Training
Publication Date
20140212
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
PB2014-105929
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-12CA011; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284; M042014
SIC Code
NAICS-56
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA; WV
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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