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.
Nearly every state has experienced fires that rage out of control in the landscape. While the largest and most devastating burn in the West, fires also spread in the East and South, where suburb meets country, or housing development meets conservation land.
The Atlantic hurricane season is a time when most tropical cyclones are expected to develop across the northern Atlantic Ocean. It is currently defined as the time frame from June 1 through November 30.
What plans should prudent consumers take with the trees in their landscape?
The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) compiled information on 408 occupational tree care accidents that occurred in the United States over a five year period (2009 – 2013).
“As far as we could determine, the victims – regardless of their professional background, title or employment status – were engaged in tree trimming or removal operations for pay at the time of their demise,” says Peter Gerstenberger, Senior Advisor to the President of TCIA for Safety, Standards and Compliance.
In May of 2011, a Lexington, Kentucky, woman was struck by a falling tree limb and died. According to a local news report, the woman was holding a ladder for her husband, who was standing on it to trim a tree branch caught in a power line. The large limb fell, spinning her around and knocking her face-first into the concrete. The county coroner ruled the death accidental, listing the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.