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 killed moving cut tree"
A man died after a cut tree he was trying to move fell on him November 9, 2013, in Franklin, Wisconsin. Lee Fischer, 73, of Whitelaw, Wisc., was pulling the cut tree off of another tree with his tractor when the cut tree twisted and fell on him. He died from chest and spinal cord injuries, according to Journal Sentinel and WTMJ Radio reports.
"Tree worker dies in 60-foot fall"
A man was killed November 16, 2013, near Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, after falling approximately 60 feet from a tree he was cutting. Anthony “Lane” Wilson, 51, of Coushatta, La., was cutting limbs off a tree that he and his brother were preparing to remove for a landowner when the safety rope attached to his waist apparently broke, causing him to fall.
The landowner provided CPR on the victim until Natchitoches EMS Paramedics arrived. But the fall caused fatal injuries and he was pronounced dead on the scene, according to a KTBS 3 report.
"Tree worker crushed by wind-felled tree"
A worker with a tree company removing a tree from a roadway was killed November 24, 2013, in Laconia, New Hampshire, when he was struck by another nearby tree that suddenly crashed to the ground. Dangerously strong winds gusting to more than 50 mph felled trees and knocked out power to thousands in New Hampshire that day.
The 54-year-old Tilton, NH man was in the roadway cutting up the tree when the tree directly behind him snapped in the wind and fell on him. Emergency personnel on the scene immediately began cutting to remove the branches and limbs, but when they got to him it was apparent the man was dead, according to a New Hampshire Union Leader 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.