On Friday, April 12, Petzl was informed of an accidental fall in a training center in Germany. This fall was related to a failure of the rope end attachment hole of the Petzl ZIGZAG mechanical Prusik. Petzl has since been informed of another identical failure.
Petzl has decided to immediately recall all ZIGZAGs. As a measure of precaution, Petzl asks that you:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has scheduled two informal stakeholder meetings to solicit comments on the crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.
The dates and location of these separate meetings are:
April 2 (9AM – Noon) and April 3 (9AM – Noon) U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3437 A, B, and C 200 Constitution Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20210.
Attendees must pre-register by calling OSHA’s Directorate of Construction at 202-693-2020.
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.
TCIA reviewed 47 civilian tree care accidents reported by the media in 2012. Twenty-five of these accidents were fatal. The average age of the victims was only 61.
These sobering statistics are a stark reminder of the inherent dangers for one attempting tree care or tree removal and highlights the need for tree owners to seek out tree care companies with the proper qualifications and equipment to handle the work safely.
Last month, 67 people representing 16 companies, gathered in Seattle, Washington, to partake in an aerial rescue training workshop. The most common reason for double fatalities in tree care is failed aerial rescue attempts. An emergency could develop any time one of your crew members is aloft, it’s imperative that you and your crew know how to react.
This video from Xcel Energy seeks shares concepts about the electrical hazards that threaten tree workers when they work in trees near power lines. Industry experts like Dr. John Ball and Tim Walsh share their knowledge and concerns in this video, plus provide information that can help to save lives and create safer work environments. TCIA encourages you to watch the video and include it as part of your electrical hazards awareness training.
During these three days, approximately 10,000 inspectors in 1,500 locations across the country will conduct comprehensive North American Standard Level I Inspections. These inspections will focus on vehicle brake systems and preventing driver fatigue through hours-of-service compliance checks.
Public Service of NH (PSNH) recently awarded TCIAF a grant to train 100 tree workers on how to safely work around overhead conductors and live wires, further recognizing our Electrical Hazard Awareness Program (EHAP) as the perfect tool to accomplish that goal. Eligible workers include all those that work within the service district of PSNH.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA, a division of DOT) has amended its regulations to restrict the use of cell phones by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). This rulemaking is intended to reduce the prevalence of distracted driving-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries. The federal rule became effective January 3, 2012.