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.
“Tree worker hurt in 40-foot fall”
A 21-year-old tree worker trimming tree limbs for West Penn Power in State College, Pennsylvania, was seriously injured after falling 40-feet January 29, 2014. The line clearance company employee apparently fell when the limb he was standing on broke and simultaneously his chain saw cut the safety line. The man was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center before being flown to a regional trauma center, according to a www.state-college.com report.
“Bucket operator dies in fall”
A tree worker fell 40 fett to his death from an aerial lift truck bucket while trimming a tree January 25, 2014, in Forsyth, Georgia. Jose Luiz Martinez, 39, of Gainesville, Ga, wasn’t wearing safety equipment while in the bucket trimming a pine tree in a residential area. Martinez was part of a four-person crew with a Gainesville-based tree service that included his brother and a cousin. None of the other three crew members saw Martinez fall. They were clearing the ground when they heard something hit the ground. They looked back and the bucket was empty, according to a Forsyth News report.
“Falling tree crushes crew member”
A man working with a crew cutting trees in East Texas was killed January 22, 2014, after a 20-foot section of tree fell on him. Lucio Vasquez, of Groveton, Texas, was dead at the scene, on private property at a rural site near Pollok, about 125 miles northeast of Houston. Authorities said Vasquez and several other people were part of a tree-cutting crew using heavy equipment and chain saw, according to an NBC 5-KXAS report.
- For a comprehensive list of January 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.