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Groundsman killed by falling tree section during tree trimming work 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 and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 00NJ087, 2001 May; :1-12
On November 1, 2000, a 47-year-old groundsman was killed when he was struck by a falling tree section during a tree trimming job. A crew leader was in the elevated bucket of a truck-mounted aerial lift cutting the top of the trunk of an 80-foot-high oak tree when the groundsman walked onto the landing zone (the area under the tree to which branches and debris will fall). He had been told by the crew leader, who was in charge of the site, to remain on a work break at their pickup truck. The crew leader was unaware that the victim was under his work area. He cut away a tree section, pushed down on it, and it fell onto the victim's head. NJ FACE staff concluded that, to prevent similar incidents, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. The employer should conduct a job briefing at the start of each job. 2. The employer should establish a written safety and health policy and written company operational policies that include ANSI Z133.1. 3. Employers should become familiar with available resources on safety standards and safe work practices.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-00NJ087; 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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