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OSHA Release: Recent tree care worker fatalities, vital safety precautions described in new hazard bulletin

July 02, 2014 - Posted by Editorial Team

OSHA released the following statement for the new hazard bulletin:

"The tree care industry can be very hazardous, exposing workers to falls and falling objects, as well as transportation, electrocution and crushing hazards. A new OSHA hazard bulletin on tree care work is the first in a series of guidance materials for employers about the dangers to workers.

The bulletin describes two recent fatal incidents involving tree trimmers, identifying the hazards that contributed to their deaths and informing employers of necessary safety measures. In one incident, a tree care worker on the ground was struck and killed by a falling tree limb because his employer had not educated him about staying out of the drop zone. In another incident, a worker fell 65 feet when the trunk of the tree he was working on snapped in half. To learn more about tree care worker safety, read the news release or visit OSHA's Tree Care Industry Web page."