2018 Summary of Accidents

 
 

Since 2009, TCIA has searched for media accounts of accidents involving tree work and compiled data on the causes and circumstances of each one. This is a summary of the occupational accidents we reviewed for calendar year 2018.

75% of all incidents where a company was identified were not TCIA members.

41 1/2 median age of the victim

March, July and September were the most dangerous months, with 18, 15 and 14 incidents, respectively

January and February were the safest months, with 3 incidents each

Occupational Incidents by State

Alabama - 2
Alaska - 0
Arizona - 4
Arkansas - 0
California - 8
Colorado - 1
Connecticut - 6
Delaware - 0
Florida - 10
Georgia - 1
Hawaii - 1
Idaho - 2
Illinois - 6
Indiana - 1
Iowa - 0
Kansas - 1
Kentucky - 2
Louisiana - 0
Maine - 0
Maryland - 2
Massachusetts - 8
Michigan - 2
Minnesota - 3
Mississippi - 1
Missouri - 3
Montana - 0
Nebraska - 1
Nevada - 1
New Hampshire - 2
New Jersey - 4
New Mexico - 0
New York - 5
North Carolina - 7
North Dakota - 0
Ohio - 6
Oklahoma - 0
Oregon - 0
Pennsylvania - 7
Rhode Island - 1
South Carolina - 1
South Dakota - 0
Tennessee - 4
Texas - 4
Utah - 1
Vermont - 0
Virginia - 2
Washington - 2
West Virginia - 0
Wisconsin - 0
Wyoming - 0

What Happened?

Contact - 52

Caught in - 8
Brush chipper - 1
Palm frond skirt - 4
Ropes/rigging - 2
Equipment - 1
Struck by - 44
Tree (felling) - 13
Tree section - 17
Chain saw - 5
Motor vehicle - 1
Work vehicle/equipment – 8

Fall - 34

Tree - 11
Tree failure - 1
Equipment failure - 2
Unsecured - 1
Unknown - 7
Aerial lift – 15
Ladder – 2
Tracked lift – 2
Work vehicle - 1
Roof - 1
Height, other - 2

Exposure - 17

Electric shock/burn - 16
Struck by lightning - 1

Other Causes

Transportation - 4
Workplace violence - 3
Unknown - 2

To learn how being a member of TCIA can increase safety and reduce accidents, contact membership@tcia.org.