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Tree Trimming Safety Update MI 2015

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This presentation was a work by Danielle Dole and John Newquist. We focused on the five major hazards that caused death.

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Tree Trimming Safety Update MI 2015

  1. 1. Tree Trimming and Clearing Safety Danielle Dole John Newquist Draft 4 22 2015
  2. 2. The Problem • In 2012, 243 workers nationwide died while involved in tree trimming and clearing activities. • June 19, 2014 OSHA announced an emphasis for the sector.
  3. 3. Who is required to be trained and when? • Prior to initial assignment; • When assigned new work tasks, tools, equipment, machines, or vehicles; and • Whenever they demonstrate unsafe job performance.
  4. 4. Top 5 Causes of Death • Fall out of Tree • Fall out of Bucket • Electrocution • Struck by limb • Wood Chippers
  5. 5. Top 5 Causes • Fall from Tree – No Fall Arrest
  6. 6. June 2014 • Kansas • Worker fell from tree during tree trimming/removal
  7. 7. October 2014 • Tree Trimming
  8. 8. January 2015 • Always set your rope first b4 u start climbin, thought i'd be cute 1 day & didnt & i fell 20ft & hit every branch on the way down b4 landing n mud & cow crap!!!! Good thing the landing was soft..lol! • - Brad Moulton
  9. 9. September 2014 • A man suffered serious injuries after falling from a tree in Green Twp., Clark County in Ohio
  10. 10. September 2014 • Claymont DE • A tree trimmer was flown to the hospital on Friday after he apparently fell from a tree branch, landed on another, then landed on a hornet's nest. The 35-year-old man was trimming a tree 65 feet up when he fell 40 feet down further into the tree.
  11. 11. February 2015 • Safety line • Phil Nippert
  12. 12. September 2014
  13. 13. February 2015 • Buckingham spikes
  14. 14. November 2014 • Dead Oak • Climb to cut it down?
  15. 15. July 2014 • "Landed on the back of my shoulder blades and broke my back in two places," said Long. • He's worked in the construction businesses for more than two decades, but about four months ago his career flashed before his eyes when he fell from a tree branch.
  16. 16. December 2014 • Side trimming
  17. 17. December 2014 • Safety lines. • One loose to branch he is cutting.
  18. 18. October 2014 • "I wore a safety helmet," Hanson told Fox 9 News. "Doctors tell me that if I wouldn't have worn that helmet, I don't know if I would have made it.“ • Hanson fell 60 feet in a tree.
  19. 19. December 2014 • Thank god for ppe limb covered in ice and my snap cut didn't go the way I wanted it to. • Jaime Boulay
  20. 20. December 2014 • Double safety lines, but wearing a safety belt.
  21. 21. October 2014
  22. 22. Fall From Aerial Lifts
  23. 23. February 2015 • Pittsburg PA • Worker fell and died from bucket truck during tree trimming.
  24. 24. Aug 2014 • Tree Trimmer stuck in aerial lift • Dallas TX
  25. 25. February 2015 • Unusual aerial lift
  26. 26. January 2015 Michael Gray
  27. 27. November 2014 • PA • “I watched him bring the bucket down and he fell and there he was when I ran over lying under the truck like he was taking a n • John Hanovic, Butler County chief deputy coroner, said he declared the victim dead from head injuries at the scene. He said an autopsy was to be done in the afternoon
  28. 28. September 2014 • Alabama • 47-year-old Jason Buckley of Union Grove was flipped from a bucket and fell 60 feet to his death after a limb he was cutting struck the bucket’s arm • No harness.
  29. 29. August 2014 • Concord MA
  30. 30. November 2014 • Maynardville TN • Officials say ABC Professional Tree Services was doing contract work for the Knoxville Utilities Board around power lines on Raccoon Valley Road when the driver attempted to move the truck with the boom in the air.
  31. 31. December 2014 • Limit of this aerial lift
  32. 32. October 2014 • Port Austin MI • An employee told officials the branch then let loose, causing enough pressure to shake the boom side- to-side, throwing Andreski from the bucket, some 45 to 50 feet to the ground.
  33. 33. October 2014 • Fort Lauderdale FL • Authorities said the victim was trimming trees at 1131 SW 9th Ave. on Thursday afternoon when something malfunctioned, sending the bucket and the worker to the ground.
  34. 34. July 2014 • PA ejected out of bucket truck. Unknown if he was given fall harness to prevent the fall.
  35. 35. July 2014 • Phillips was in the bucket and was not wearing a safety harness. • They said he had tied a rope to a tree he was trying to cut down. • The rope was attached to the bucket winch. • Phillips, they said, tried to pull down a partially cut piece of tree using the winch. • The rope snapped and caused the bucket to move. • As it moved, Phillips was thrown out and fell to the ground.
  36. 36. July 2014 • Emergency officials in Marlborough MA said a tree trimmer toppled over, hit a home and landed on its back deck Tuesday afternoon.
  37. 37. October 2014 • Lifting tree with Aerial lift
  38. 38. Electrical
  39. 39. July 2014 • Officials said a Dallas tree trimmer sustained burns to the hands while working in the area and fell into the power lines.
  40. 40. July 2014 • Scottsboro police said the man was trimming a tree on Highway 79 near the Marshall County Line when a limb fell on a live wire, sending the electrical current through the limb and the trimmer's chainsaw. • The man was on a ladder at the time, officials said, and the current knocked him off the ladder. • He was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital. His condition has not yet been released
  41. 41. June 2014 • Florida • Life Flighted from shock while tree trimming
  42. 42. November 2014 • Crane over Power line.
  43. 43. December 2014 • Line clearance
  44. 44. October 2014 • Powerlines • Aluminum ladder
  45. 45. September 2014 • NAPLES, FL • Authorities say two men died after being electrocuted while they were trimming palm trees in southwest Florida. • Batten says the men were working on a 30-foot aluminum ladder that slipped and hit a live power line.
  46. 46. September 2014 • Kansas tree trimmer, lucky to be alive. “I really could’ve died if it weren’t for the guy across the street and the others who ran to help me,” Harris told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend Monday. • No metal poles. They make fiberglass.
  47. 47. June 2014 • Parkville MO police say the man's buckstrap used to hold him in got loose from him. A metal piece on that strap hit a live wire with 7,600 volts going through it. • The 34-year-old tree trimmer died instantly while still strapped to the limbs up above.
  48. 48. June 2014 • 06/25/14: A man who was trimming a tree in Minnetonka MN was left hanging unconscious in his safety harness after a 20-second electrical shock despite the efforts if his coworkers and employer.
  49. 49. January 2015 • Brian Johnson, 27, was working with a crew to cut down trees to make room for power lines near Whelchel Road in Dahlonega GA when he was struck and killed by a tree.
  50. 50. September 2014 • Kansas • “I really could’ve died if it weren’t for the guy across the street and the others who ran to help me,” Harris told FOX 4’s Robert Townsend Monday. • Metal Pole hit powerline,
  51. 51. December 2014 • Line Clearing
  52. 52. November 2014 • 27,000 volt line
  53. 53. August 2014
  54. 54. August 2014
  55. 55. August 2014 • Largo FL • I assumed (the workers) fell out of the tree because they'd been out there all day," Hampton said. "I looked over there, and there was one man that was having convulsions and there was another that was on his face and he wasn't coherent Two men hurt when their ladder contracted powerline
  56. 56. December 2014 • Lakeland FL • A 60-year-old Lakeland man was killed Friday when a pole saw he was using to trim trees touched a live power line, electrocuting him, police said • Use fiberglass extensions when electrical lines are present. Fiberglass pole saw handle Aluminum pole saw handle
  57. 57. February 2015 • 7200 volts. • Blew lift tire off 60 feet
  58. 58. October 2014 • Port Austin MI • An employee told officials the branch then let loose, causing enough pressure to shake the boom side- to-side, throwing Andreski from the bucket, some 45 to 50 feet to the ground.
  59. 59. October 2014 • Fort Lauderdale FL • Authorities said the victim was trimming trees at 1131 SW 9th Ave. on Thursday afternoon when something malfunctioned, sending the bucket and the worker to the ground.
  60. 60. February 2015 • Pittsburg PA • Worker fell and died from bucket truck during tree trimming.
  61. 61. January 2015 • The Columbia Fire Department successfully rescued a man who was shocked while trimming a tree approximately 55' in the air Saturday afternoon.
  62. 62. Struck By
  63. 63. November 2014 • What issues would a rigger need to know?
  64. 64. October 2014 • Crack in maple tree, under bark • 25 feet high.
  65. 65. November 2014 • Newer employee • Dropped tree through shed • $6000 damage
  66. 66. October 2014 • Roanoke VA • Matthew Raymond Miller, 23, was standing on the ground near a tree in the 1400 block of Greendale Drive when he was struck in the chest by a falling branch cut by another man, according to Blacksburg police.
  67. 67. November 2014 • Crane tipped over.
  68. 68. October 2014 • Key Largo FL • Danny Tomas, the owner of the company, was operating the crane, attempting to remove a large tree limb from the roof of a house on Dream Way in Largo, when the truck started to tip. Tomas jumped to safety and no one else on the ground suffered any injuries.
  69. 69. November 2014 • Cracked tree over a house • Use a chain and strap to hold it?
  70. 70. Sep 2014 • Oklahoma • Initial reports indicate that a tree trimmer was working in the area when he was hit by a car.
  71. 71. November 2014 • Anderson township, OH • Wind blew tree over and hit tree trimmer
  72. 72. January 2015 • Porcupine in tree hole
  73. 73. August 2014 • 62 old tree trimmer was pinned from large branch that fell on him while he was in the bucket. • Reading PA
  74. 74. August 2014 • Halliburton was struck by a tree at the Tuttle Educational State Forest in Lenoir. It happened as he was helping other forestry workers remove a tree that fell into a road. • Officials say Halliburton was struck in the torso and pronounced dead on scene.
  75. 75. August 2014 • Cut tree trunk slide off truck during loading.
  76. 76. July 2014 • A PA tree service worker was killed Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a van in Mahanoy Township. • Hoffman was in the roadway directing traffic and that he was employed by a contractor working in the area • Any work on the highway should follow the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control The trooper said there was a temporary need for traffic control at the time of the crash but did not elaborate.
  77. 77. December 2014 • Tactics?
  78. 78. December 2014 • Many devices are out there to move logs
  79. 79. December 2014 • Las Vegas NV • Upon arriving, firefighters located a 25- to 30-foot palm tree in the yard of a single- story home, but hanging palm fronds shrouded the apparent victim, Williams said.
  80. 80. February 2015 • Monrovia CA • Tree trimmer cutting palms rescued
  81. 81. January 2015 • Las Vegas • A tree trimmer died this afternoon in a palm tree just blocks from where another trimmer died a few weeks ago. Kristen Koch - Going rate for palms is approx $25 / palm here in Las Vegas. And that's a fully licensed insured company. Guys do 20-30+ per day each.
  82. 82. June 2014 • Connecticut • Tree trimming near railroad • Amtrak Train hit bucket truck • Trapped by downed gates • Five hurt
  83. 83. December 2014 • Log can roll • No PPE
  84. 84. July 2014 • Porter TX • Tree trimmer leg crushed by branch while in a tree. • FD amputated leg to free him.
  85. 85. June 2014 • Frank Cline was cutting trees for Connecticut Light & Power project died after being hit by one of those trees in Meriden CT on Monday. • Police say another worker had tied off the tree limb as a precaution, but it began swinging after he cut it and it struck Cline. “I cannot believe that every time I needed you, you were there. You were there when no one else was. I love you and will never forget you. You have meant a lot to me as a brother but will always live on as a guardian angel for your family and for every one else you have met whose live you have touched”
  86. 86. November 2014 • Tree chip guard
  87. 87. November 2014 • Bakersfield CA • Palm tree rescue with a possible back injury on. • The initial responding engine found a patient pinned by palm fronds 35-40 feet high in the tree. • A coworker of the victim was under the patient supporting him.
  88. 88. Wood Chipper
  89. 89. Wood Chipper • •All safety devices and controls, such as emergency shut-off devices, are tested and verified to be functioning properly before the chipper is used. • •Workers are trained in safe work procedures, including operating wood chipper safety devices and safety controls. These procedures should be based on the manufacturer's recommendations for each machine. • •At least two workers are in close contact with each other when operating the chipper. • •Workers wear close-fitting clothing, gloves without cuffs, trousers without cuffs and skid-resistant foot wear. Clothing should be kept tucked in. • •Worker's hands and feet remain outside the infeed hopper.
  90. 90. Wood Chipper • Emergency stop button is on the side • 2007 bandit 250xp. 140 hp cat.
  91. 91. September 2014
  92. 92. Wood Chipper • Use of an arm can help prevent caught in accidents
  93. 93. September 2014 • Phoenix AZ • A tree surgeon was decapitated after falling head first into an industrial wood chipper as his sons watched in horror.
  94. 94. June 2014 • Florida • Temp worker putting branches killed when pulled into wood chipper
  95. 95. December 2014 • Cracked wood chipper blade found during change out.
  96. 96. Chain Saws
  97. 97. October 2014 • One hand cutting. • Issues?
  98. 98. December 2014 • Fence ingrown in tree
  99. 99. April 2014 • A tree trimmer is recovering after he was rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital with a chain saw blade embedded in his neck. • James Valentine was in a tree in Ross Township on Monday afternoon when he was struck in the neck by the saw. • Another worker helped him down, and his co-workers left the saw in place to try to limit the bleeding.
  100. 100. Personal Protective Equipment • Personal protective equipment (PPE), for the head, ears, eyes, face, hands, and legs are designed to prevent or lessen the severity of injuries to tree trimmers.
  101. 101. Chainsaw Safety Safety Checks • Chain Brake • Chain Catch • Muffler Guard w/ Spark Arrester • Continuous Pressure Throttle • Trigger/Hand Guard PPE • Hard Hat • Hearing Protection • Faceshield/Screen • Gloves • Ballistic Chaps • Cut Resistant Boots
  102. 102. Chain Saw Injury Locations Notice how most injuries occur on the lower left leg and the left arm. Be sure to protect those areas well.
  103. 103. Chainsaw • October 2014 • “Better than having a empl. gas up a hot saw...spill gas on muffler and burn up a almost new ms440 and did not have the brains to throw dirt on it or nothing....just let it BURN!!!!.....”
  104. 104. Head Protection Hard hats must be worn when overhead hazards are present. The hard hats must comply with ANSI standards (Subpart I, ANSI Z89.1- 1986, if purchased after July 5, 1994, or ANSI Z89.1-1969 if purchased before July 5, 1994). Check for an ANSI label inside the hat.
  105. 105. Hearing Protection Requirements for hearing protection are found in 1910.95. Particular attention should be paid to monitoring the logging operation to determine the noise levels employees are exposed to. This will determine whether the employer is required to implement a hearing conservation program. Some basic elements of a hearing conservation plan are providing audiograms, training employees, and providing hearing protection in a variety of forms at no cost to the employee.
  106. 106. Eye and face protection must be worn where there is potential for injury to the eyes or face. The protective equipment must comply with ANSI standards (Subpart I, ANSI Z87.1-1989 if purchased after July 5, 1994, or ANSI Z87.1-1968 if purchased before July 5, 1994). Logger type mesh screens are considered to be adequate eye and face protection for chain saw operators. Eye/Face Protection
  107. 107. Leg Protection Each employee who operates a chain saw must wear leg protection constructed with cut-resistant material. The leg protection must extend from the upper thigh down to the boot top and adequately cover the leg.  Leg protection is available in a variety of forms, including chaps, logger pants, and leggings. The protective material also comes in a variety of forms including ballistic nylon, polyester, Kevlar, Engtek, etc.  Underwriters Laboratories (UL) currently tests and labels leg protection which meets minimum cut resistance requirements. (Reference ASTM F1414-92a)
  108. 108. Foot Protection Employers must assure that each employee wears heavy duty logging boots that are waterproof or water repellant, and cover and provide support to the ankle. If the employee uses a chain saw, the footwear must be constructed with cut- resistant material that will protect against contact with a running chain saw. Calk soled boots are acceptable when they are required for the employee's job. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) currently tests and labels foot protection which meets minimum cut resistance requirements. (Reference ASTM F1818-97)
  109. 109. Hand Protection Employees who handle wire rope are required to wear hand protection that protects against puncture wounds, cuts, and lacerations.
  110. 110. Chain Saw • The chain saw is one of the most efficient, productive, and dangerous portable power tools used in any industry. If you learn to operate it properly and maintain the saw in good working condition, you will avoid injury as well as be more productive.
  111. 111. Parts of a Chain Saw
  112. 112. Safe Operation of a Chain Saw
  113. 113. Other
  114. 114. October 2014
  115. 115. QUESTIONS???

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