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 by felled tree”
An 88-year-old man was killed October 12, 2013, when a tree fell on him as he helped thin trees on family property in Osnaburg, Township, Ohio. John Elmerick, 88, of Louisville, Ohio, was riding a mower as others were cutting a tree, but the tree fell the wrong way, striking him in the back. Elmerick apparently tried to get out of the way of the falling tree, but was not able to avoid it. Elmerick was rushed to the Mercy Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead from massive internal injuries a short time later, according to the Canton Respository.
“Man falls to death while trimming trees”
A man died after a fall while cutting a tree limb October 16, 2013, in Seneca, South Carolina. Tyrome Harris, 49, died of blunt force head and chest trauma. Harris was trimming tree limbs from a ladder with a chain saw at the company where he worked when the incident happened. Harris was trimming limbs with other employees when a limb about 20 inches thick snapped and apparently struck him. Harris fell from the ladder onto a concrete sidewalk, according to WHNS-TV.
“Landscaper touches power line, dies”
A landscaper was killed instantly when his pole trimmer came in contact with a 7,000-volt power line in Portland, Oregon, October 30, 2013. The man, in his 30s, was with a private landscaping company when his metal saw on a metal pole hit a residential distribution line. He died instantly. Pacific Gas & Electric crews turned off power in the area so Portland Fire & Rescue crews could get to the victim’s body. A PGE spokesperson said many homeowners will be trimming trees before winter, and cautioned that if branches are near power lines, to leave them to the experts, according to KOIN-TV Channel 6.
- For a comprehensive list of October 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 2-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.