TCIA reviewed 128 occupational tree care accidents reported by the media in 2012. Of these accidents, 84 were fatal.The average age of the deceased was 43 and the average age of the serious accident victim was 38.
Super Storm Sandy was a significant contributing cause in fatal accidents in 2012. Six out of 10 fatalities occurring between November 1 and December 31 were storm work-related; and they occurred in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and New York.
Looking at the largest fatal accident categories more closely:
Of the 19 electrocution accidents:
Of the 16 struck-by-tree fatalities:
The 13 struck-by-tree-limb fatalities lacked enough detail for further analysis. The same can be said of the 12 fall-from-tree fatalities except that in two instances the tree failed with the climber in it. In the nine fall-from-aerial-lift accidents, four can be attributed to equipment failure, and one resulted from a tip-over.
These sobering numbers are a stark reminder of the dangers of tree care and highlights the need for tree care companies, along with homeowners/property managers who hire them to uphold the highest standards for worker safety.
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