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 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:
Woman killed by cut tree
A woman was struck and killed by a cut tree June 29, 2014 in Sedro-Woolley, Skagit County, Washington. The 62-year-old woman was watching a crew who had been hired to cut down a large fir tree when it fell in an unplanned location. The woman wasn’t able to move out of the way in time, and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a KOMO Channel 4 News report.
Property owner killed by cut limb
A cut branch killed Steve Anson, long-time baseball coach at Washburn University in Topeka, as he trimmed trees June 22, 2014, on property he owned in Jefferson County, Kansas. He was found with a large tree branch on top of him, according to a report in The Kansas City Star.
Homeowner injured in fall from tree
A 29-year-old man was seriously injured June 16, 2014, when he fell 15 to 20 feet from a tree in Deerfield, Massachusetts. The man had climbed the tree at his family home to trim some branches. The man was stabilized at the scene and then transported to the South Deerfield Fire Station, which has a helicopter landing zone. He was then taken by a helicopter ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. No information was available on his condition, according to a report in The Republican.
- For a comprehensive list of June 2014 Accident Briefs, read 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.