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:
Homeowner injured in struck-by
A homeowner was seriously injured March 15, 2014 when he was struck by a limb while doing tree work at his home in Claremont, New Hampshire. Adam Barton was trimming trees when a tree limb fell, hit him and caused a serious head injury. He was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, where he underwent surgery.
Trimmer survives chain saw-to-neck accident
A tree trimmer was seriously injured March 31, 2014, in Ross Township, Pennsylvania, after being cut in the neck with a chain saw. A co-worker climbed the tree and brought him down. A doctor on the scene then stabilized Valentine, who is now expected to make a full recovery.
Tree worker hurt in struck-by
A tree worker was injured March 31, 2014, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, when a limb fell on his head. He was struck by an approximately 20-pound limb from a tree that was being trimmed. The man was flown by helicopter to an area hospital, according to an NBC4 report.
• For a comprehensive list of March 2014 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.