Tree surgeons are continually exposed to the risk of sustaining a wide range of potentially life-threatening injuries at work. Frequently working with chainsaws and other heavy machinery, at height or underneath dead and rotting trees.
Common tree surgeons injuries
Some of the most common work injuries suffered by tree surgeons include injuries by:
- Chainsaws (deep lacerations to arms, legs and bodies; amputations and even death)
- Falling branches or trees (cuts, bruises, serious, potentially fatal crushing injuries)
- Falling from height (injuries by falling off ladders, while climbing trees or when working on/near steep ground may consist of cuts, bruises or lacerations, broken limbs or serious head, back and neck injuries)
Slips and trips; faulty or defective machinery and, depending on where work is being carried out, being struck by vehicles are also possible causes of more or less severe work-related injuries to tree surgeons.
Both employers and employees have a duty of care to prevent tree surgery accidents. As such, employers must:
- Ensure employees are trained properly and able to competently carry out required tasks
- Provide suitable, well-maintained equipment/machinery and training in the use thereof
- Provide well maintained, well-fitting personal protective equipment and training in the use thereof
- Provide training in safe working and manual handling procedures
- Operate machinery and carry out tasks in accordance with provided training
- Adhere to correct safe working and manual handling procedures
- Use only machinery they are trained to operate and report any faults immediately
- Use provided personal equipment and report any damage/faults immediately
When working near roads, employees must also ensure the site is properly marked/coned off to alert drivers to the work in progress and prevent accidents involving vehicles.
When things go wrong
If you were injured in a tree surgery accident because your employer or a fellow employee were in breach of their duty of care, you may qualify for tree surgery injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
You can get helpful tree surgery injury advice and expert help in making your work injury claim by calling our 24-hour freephone advice line and discussing your case with one of our friendly, sympathetic advisors.
Confidential and obligation free
Any details or personal information you provide during this obligation-free call will be kept confidential. Should you decide to claim, you will be offered the services of one of our no-win, no-fee* in-house solicitors. Get started today by picking up your telephone or mobile and calling 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 now.
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Accident Advice