Tree trimmer electrocuted while trimming a tree.
NIOSH 1994 Nov; :1-5
On May 6, 1994, a 22 year-old male tree trimmer died when he contacted a 220 volt power line while trimming a tree. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Hazard assessments should be conducted for each tree-trimming job; 2. A minimum clearance of ten feet must be maintained between the worker, equipment, and energized power lines to prevent inadvertent contact. 3. Trees should not be climbed when wet. 4. Employers should develop a written employee training program in safe tree trimming and hazard recognition. Their standard operating procedures should be in writing.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Electric-properties; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Electricity; Electrocutions; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Training; Forestry-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
New Jersey Department of Health