Self-employed tree surgeon was killed after falling from height while pruning trees

THE FOREST INDUSTRY STANDARD

Self-employed tree surgeon was killed after falling from height while pruning trees

HSE - Initial notification of forestry fatality - see attached.

Key messages:

• Falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the most common causes of major injuries.
• Within arboriculture falls from height remain common and they often result in death or major spinal injury.
• The proportion of people killed doing tree work is higher than almost any other occupation.
• Tree workers must be adequately trained and their competence checked.
• Avoid the need to work at height when it is reasonably practicable to do so, for example by using extending equipment to prune from the ground.
• If work has to be done at height, use MEWPs or similar platforms that prevent a fall through collective protective measures.
• To comply with the law, aerial tree work with ropes should only be undertaken once it has been demonstrated that the alternatives are not reasonably practicable.

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