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A gardener dies when he falls out of a tree while trimming the branches.

Public Health Institute
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 10CA006, 2011 Feb; :1-9
A self-employed gardener died when he fell 20 feet out of a pine tree while trimming the branches. The victim was hired by a homeowner to do routine yard maintenance and asked him to trim the pine tree in the front yard. The victim asked another self-employed gardener to assist him with this job. The victim climbed the pine tree without wearing any fall protection. The co-worker went to the back of the house to perform other duties and when he returned to the front of the house, he found the victim at the base of the tree. No one witnessed the incident. The CA/FACE investigator determined that in order to prevent future incidents, gardeners who trim trees should ensure that: 1. They have received training and certification on how to safely trim trees by qualified instructors. 2. Fall protection is worn when climbing trees. In addition, homeowners should hire only tree trimmers who are certified by organizations such as the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) or the TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association).
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Landscape-services-workers; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Safety-practices; Work-practices; Training; Fall-protection; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-10CA006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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