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Tree trimmer falls 35 feet to his death in New Jersey.

New Jersey Department of Health
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 90NJ018, 1991 Jul; :1-4
On October 9, 1990, a 27-year-old tree trimmer fell to his death while trimming a tree. Although he used appropriate fall protection, the tree trunk section to which he was tied suffered a strong backlash, fractured, and broke off after the piece above it was cut away. The victim fell approximately 30 to 35 feet, with a section of the tree landing on top of him. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Tree trimmers should evaluate the tree and its environment to determine the best method of performing the job safely; 2. Use appropriate cutting techniques; 3. When possible, tree trimmers should use alternate methods of tree trimming or felling; 4. Tree trimmers should have appropriate safety training.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Logging-workers; Forestry-workers; Work-environment; Work-practices
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-90NJ018; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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