Each month, TCIA runs a summary of "Accident Briefs," which are taken from published reports or are reported directly to TCIA staff. TCIA encourages our members (and all tree care companies to review the incidents and consider using them as a basis for, or incorporation into, a tailgate safety meeting.
We hope that these unfortunate indicidents will help to remind tree care workers of how critical safety is in the tree care industry, and that accidents can happen to anyone, even seasoned employees. Below are some brief accident excerpts from the most recent issue of TCI Magazine:
Man killed by cut tree
A man was killed April 2, 2014, in Gloster, Mississippi, when a tree he was cutting fell on him. Justin "Tub" Kirkland, 39, of Liberty, Miss., was working in a wooded area. He worked for a timber company, but it was unclear if he was on the job at the time or working on the side, according to The Enterprise-Journal and The Washington Times reports.
Homeowner killed cutting down tree
A man was killed April 18, 2014, in Sussex, New Jersey, when the tree he was cutting down fell and struck him. Angelo Burrafato, 55, of Sussex Borough, NJ was working in the yard at his home when the tree he was cutting down split and fell onto him. Burrafato's wife went to check on him when she noticed she didn't hear the sound of a saw, and she found him lying near the tree unresponsive, according to The Star-Ledger report.
- For a comprehensive list of April 2014 Accident Briefs, read the latest issues of TCI Magazine online here.
- You can also visit the Accident Briefs archive on TCIA.org here and subscribe to our weekly Fatality & Near Miss Rescue Alert e-blast here.
- Do you have a tree care related accident to report? Submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org for publication.
- If you are not sure how to use this information for safety training, or if you want to learn about TCIA's safety training programs, call TCIA directly at 1-800-733-2622.