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:
“Man injured in tree trimming accident”
A Raleigh, North Carolina, man was seriously injured December 28, 2013, while trimming a tree outside of a home, in Raleigh, according to a WRAL-TV5 and WRAL.com report. From the video of the scene, the accident appeared to involve a homeowner using an aluminum extension ladder and an extension cord, presumably for an electric chain saw.
“Works dies in fall from palm”
Nicolas Obispo, a worker, died in fall from a palm tree in Los Angeles, California, December 6, 2013, according to an OSHA accidents summary at www.osha.gov.
“Worker hurt when van hits tree truck”
A Deford, Michigan, man, 28, was hurt December 27, 2013, in Marlette Township, Mich. when the tree service truck he was driving was struck by a second vehicle. Steven Walther was driving south on M-53 when a northbound van driven by Marshall Lacross Jr., 50, of Fraser crossed the center line and collided with the truck, according to a Sanilac County News report.
- For a comprehensive list of November 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 if you want to learn about TCIA’s safety training programs, call TCIA directly at 1-800-733-2622.