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OSHA Bulletin Alerts of Dangers for Tree Care Workers

Steve Wagner

We know that falls account for the largest number of work-related fatalities in the United States. Statistics have shown that as many as 600 workers are killed each year in fall-related accidents, and over 200,000 are injured each year.

In light of these statistics, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a hazard bulletin, in order to safeguard tree care workers.The bulletin acknowledges the fact that the majority, if not all, of these injuries are preventable with safety precautions, and they list a number of ways to increase the safety in work zones.

OSHA’s safety list offers the following tips for working in tree care zones:

  • Assess the worksite for fall and falling object hazards
  • Have a qualified arborist survey the worksite
  • Determine if workers will need to climb or use aerial lifts
  • Establish drop zones where there is a hazard of falling objects
  • Take steps to protect workers from falling object hazards
  • Establish visual and audible communications with overhead and ground workers
  • Have emergency procedures in place

Do you have any safety tips to add to this list? We always encourage worker-to-worker awareness, and open communication between workers. It is much safer to work in a zone where the workers trust each other and have their eyes open to possible dangers for co-workers. We also remind workers this summer to be aware of the heat and take proper precautions for staying in the sun or working in hot areas for extended periods of time.

If you have been injured on the job, give us a call for legal advice and a free consultation. Our work comp attorneys are waiting to speak with you at (888) 204-8440.

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