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Tree care work presents fatal hazards.
Saf Solut 2005 Jun; 3(2):1
More and more landscape companies and other PLANET members are getting involved in professional tree care work. Yet even longtime, experienced tree care workers face serious hazards which can quickly lead to death. Among these hazards are: being struck by branches or falling trees; coming into either direct or indirect contact with live power lines; falling from trees; and being pulled into chippers. Some recent examples: 1. A 40 year old tree trimmer was topping a tree that was too close to high voltage power lines. The tree fell across the power lines and struck the worker's bucket as it fell to the ground. His forearm was amputated by the power line. 2. A 45 year old worker was trimming a tree in a residential neighborhood but was not using fall protection. He fell 15 feet from the tree landing to the concrete ground and died. 3. The owner of a tree care firm was in the bucket of an aerial lift when a branch fell, hit the boom, and broke a hydraulic hose. The man tried to slide down the boom but lost his grip, fell 45 feet, and died. 4. A worker was putting limbs into a commercial wood chipper when the machine suddenly stopped. The worker's entire body had been sucked into the chipper. · A 20 year old worker was using his foot to push branches into a chipper. He died after his shoe got caught and his leg was pulled into the chipper.
Accidents; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Morbidity-rates; Mortality-rates; Hazards; Workers; Work-environment; Landscape-services-workers
Issue of Publication
Public Health Institute
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division