OSHA issues hazard bulletin regarding tree care workers and lists safety precautions for employers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a hazard bulletin regarding worker fatalities from falls and falling objects in tree care work.
“Too many tree care workers are being hurt or killed by well-known industry dangers that can be prevented if employers take the necessary precautions,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Employers have a responsibility to ensure workers are protected on the job – this includes providing training and making sure workers have the right tools to stay safe.”
The hazard bulletin also lists safety precautions for employers:
• 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
Our 2 cents
In Michigan, we have already seen 3 deaths from falls at work in 2014. The Michigan Attorney General recently announced felony charges against an employer who did not provide safety equipment resulting in the falling death of an employee.
Employee safety should be the #1 priority for all tree care companies. Many workplace accidents can be avoided with better training and safety protocols. This can actually save employers money by reducing workers compensations claims.
Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation today.
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