Incident Notice 2014-06

Incident Notice 2014-06

Type: Fatality

Industry: Tree pruning and landscaping

Incident Summary:

A worker was working alone, falling trees. The worker partially cut a tree near the base, and then climbed the tree to cut off the top. While the worker was near the tree top, the tree shifted, broke at the partial cut, and fell.

The worker sustained fatal injuries in the fall to ground.

Safety Reminders:

  • Develop a Working Alone policy.
  • Develop safe work procedures for falling trees.
  • Utilize appropriate cutting methods, including correct notch and undercut methods.

Safety Resources:

This incident notice is provided for information purposes only to notify industry of an occupational health and safety incident.  It has been issued as an educational resource with the goal of preventing similar incidents. The information contained in this notice is based upon preliminary information that has not been confirmed through investigation.  This notice should not be interpreted as identifying any contraventions of OHS legislation or as laying blame against any party.

Created: 2014-05-26
PID: 15111

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