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A tree trimmer dies when he falls from a tree.

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 12CA010, 2014 Feb; :1-7
A tree trimmer died from injuries received when he fell approximately 30 feet out of the tree he was trimming. He braced his leg on a branch for leverage as he attempted to start a chain saw that was attached to his tool belt. When the branch broke, the victim lost his balance and fell to the ground below. The victim was not secured to the tree even though he was wearing a tree climbing harness with attached lines, positioning lanyard, and climbing gaffs at the time of the incident. The victim was not trained or certified by any arborist or tree association. The CA/FACE investigator determined that in order to prevent future incidents, tree trimming companies and self-employed tree trimmers should ensure that: 1. Proper work procedures and equipment are used. 2. Tree trimming is performed or supervised by tree workers who have been trained and certified by organizations such as the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) or the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). In addition, homeowners who need trees trimmed or removed should: 1. Hire only tree trimmers who are trained and certified by organizations such as the TCIA or ISA.
Region-9; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Employee-exposure; Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Accidents; Fall-protection; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Training; Safety-practices; Safety-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-12CA010; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468; M042014
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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