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Arborist dies in fall from a tree after being hoisted by a crane to the tree - Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State Department of Public 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 11MA031, 2013 Sep; :1-8
On September 26, 2011 a 43-year-old male arborist (victim) was fatally injured when he fell approximately 70 feet from a pine tree. The victim was wearing a harness and had been hoisted into the tree by a crane's load line. After attaching the crane's sling to a section of tree being removed, the victim fell approximately 70 feet to the ground below. A co-worker placed a call for emergency medical services (EMS). Personnel from the local fire and police departments arrived within minutes of the call. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Ensure that when employees are located within a tree, they use a minimum of two means of being tied in the tree at all times; 2. Ensure that climbing/personal fall protection equipment, both supplied by the employer and owned by the employee, is in good condition by performing routine inspections, including an inspection before each use; 3. Ensure that employees are never hoisted into a work position in a tree by a crane's hook or load line, except in uncommon situations as outlined by OSHA; and 4. Develop, implement, and enforce a written safety and health policy and written company operational policies as recommended in ANSI Z133.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Protective-measures; Occupational-hazards; Fall-protection; Forestry-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-11MA031; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division