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 incidents 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:
Pregnant woman killed by falling tree in NYC park
A pregnant woman sitting on a park bench in Kissena Park in Queens, New York City, was struck and killed by a falling tree August 4, 2013, and another woman hit by the tree was seriously injured. Paramedics tried to resuscitate the 30-year old woman for several minutes, but she was pronounced dead after being taken to New York Hospital Queens. The other women injured by the tree was in serious condition.
Landscaper cuts leg with chain saw
A landscaper trying to saw through a small tree August 13, 2013, in West Newbury, Massachusetts, was taken to Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport after slicing open his leg with a chain saw. The blade tore through the tree service employee’s upper right leg near his thigh, causing substantial laceration.
By the time a police officer responded to the scene, the wound had all but stopped bleeding, thanks to quick-thinking people at the scene. While the officer described the wound as a “good gash,” those at the scene had applied pressure long enough to prevent life-threatening bleeding. The victim was treated for a serious but non-life threatening wound and transported via ambulance to Anna Jacques.
The victim is a longtime employee of the local tree company with plenty of tree removing experience, according to the Newburyport Daily News report.
Father dies cutting trees with sons
A man died August 18, 2013, in Oro-Medonte Township, Ontario, Canada, while cutting down trees for firewood. The man, 49, and his two sons were cutting down dead trees in a wooded area adjacent to their property for winter firewood. They were working on the removal of a dead beech tree that suffered damage from an earlier break in its trunk. When the tree was cut, it shifted and fell toward the father, who was pinned beneath the tree. The sons had to cut the tree to get it off their father, according to a report in The Packet & Times. (Story sent in by TCIA member Devon Hutton, owner of SugarBush Tree Service in Coldwater, Ontario.)
- For a comprehensive list of August 2013 Accident Briefs, read the latest issue 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 want to learn about TCIA's safety training programs, call TCIA directly at 1-800-733-2622.
Attend the Arborist Safety Update @ TCI EXPO
Are you going to TCI EXPO this year? Dr. Ball will be providing his popular update of fatal and non-fatal injuries in the tree care industry. Join us to review the accident-related trends seen in 2013, discuss the factors that lead to the most common accidents, and learn how to avoid becoming a statistic. Read more about the presentation on TCI EXPO’s website.