Tree-trimming is a notoriously hazardous occupation, as the risk of falling or having objects fall onto workers and seriously injure them is an inherent danger associated with this type of work. To highlight some of the ways that tree-trimmers can protect themselves and reduce their risks of falling while they work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently released a report to point out some of the specific injury prevention measures that can be taken by tree-trimmers, as well as their employers.
Specific Falling Prevention Measures for Tree-Trimmers
Among the specific falling and injury prevention measures that OSHA has recommended for tree-trimmers and their employers include that they should:
- Create “drop zones” in which workers should be alert to falling objects (such as, for instance, branches or other objects that are cut from trees)
- Have established methods of communicating with other workers (including those who may be overhead or on the ground) about potentially falling objects or other possible dangers
- Provide workers with helmets, gloves and other personal protective equipment
- Use aerial lifts when climbing is too dangerous
- Make sure tree-trimmers are up-to-date with safety training and that there are effective emergency procedures in place if or when workers fall on the job.
It’s important to point out that, while these OSHA guidelines have been specifically tailored for tree-trimmers, some of these measures can generally apply to any workers who typically perform their jobs while being elevated from the ground. For example, roofers, construction workers, window washers and others can all reduce their risk of falling or having objects fall onto them by keeping these safety measures in mind while they work.
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