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Tree trimmer dies after falling 65 feet from tree in Virginia, September 3, 1991.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 91-30, 1991 Nov; :1-4
The case of a 34 year old male tree trimmer who died after falling 65 feet from a tree was investigated. The victim was employed full time as a tree trimmer by a tree care service. During his off time he and his brother continued with tree trimming activities. The victim and his brother had been contracted by a general contractor to remove a large oak tree from the yard of a private residence. The victim had successfully topped the first two forks of the tree and was beginning to work on the third and final fork when he fell to the ground from about 65 feet. The cause of death was massive internal trauma. Investigation of the incident revealed that the connectors on both ends of the climbing cradle ropes were fastened with wire and electrical tape. While the victim was leaning back making a cut, the pressure caused the rope to pull loose and the victim fell to the ground. The connector was still attached to the D-ring on the harness. It was recommended that correct fastenings be used at the connectors for all climbing cradle ropes; that workers inspect all fall protection equipment; and that the feasibility of a redundant fall arresting system be considered.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-91-30; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-equipment; Traumatic-injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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