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:
Homeowner dies in fall while trimming
A man fell to his death while trimming a tree at his Southern California home September 14, 2013. Gabriel Acosta, 46, of Riverside, was killed when he fell 15 to 20 feet from the tree. Acosta suffered two broken legs and a head injury in the fall, according to a report in The Sun newspaper in San Bernardino.
Father killed, son-in-law hurt by cut tree
A 72-year-old man died September 8, 2013 after a tree fell on him in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. The Scarborough man and his son-in-law were cutting down a tree when it fell on both of them. Family members removed the tree from on top of the men and called 911 immediately. Both men were taken to a hospital in Huntsville, Ontario. The older man died from his injuries, while his 42-year-old son-in-law was airlifted to Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto with serious injuries, according to a CTV Television report
Four injured when tree falls at party
A festive block party in New Hyde Park, Hempstead, Long Island, New York, September 8, 2013, truned into chaos when a huge tree branch fell onto the revelers, injuring four of them: a man, 30, sustained a broken right leg; a woman, 43, suffered a large contusion to the right side of her face; a woman, 44, sustained a laceration to the top of her head; and another woman, 40, received abrasions to her forehead and back, and an unspecified shoulder injury.
Partygoers reported hearing the sounds of cracking wood moments before the branch fell onto a group of about 30 people. Apparently there were known issues with the tree in question – an oak that had sustain damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
None of the injuries sustained by the four party attendees were life-threatening, according to a NewsLI.com report.
- For a comprehensive list of September 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.