Tree trimmer killed when a branch to which he was tied broke and his lifeline failed.
NIOSH 1997 Mar; :1-5
On September 9, 1996, a 28 year-old tree trimmer died when he fell 60 feet from a tree he was cutting to a gravel driveway below. He was attached by a lanyard to the branch he was trimming and, when the branch broke behind him, he fell with it. His safety line was attached to the tree trunk and, as he and the 25 foot long branch section fell, his safety line broke and he fell to the ground. New Jersey FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Arborists should use appropriate fall arrest systems when working in trees. 2. Arborists should use appropriate cutting techniques. 3. Employers should provide appropriate training and supervision to employees. 4. Employers and employees should be aware of the dangers of drugs and other substances that may impair judgment or alertness. 5. Arborists should be properly trained in identifying hazardous trees and in safely trimming or removing them.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Training; Region-2; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Substance-abuse; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Work-analysis; Work-operations; Protective-equipment
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
New Jersey Department of Health