Over a ten-year period incidents involving tree work have resulted in 49 fatalities (12%). Tree work needs to be carried out by competent people who have received adequate training. A specialist contractor should carry out any work that involves tree climbing or work at height.
- Felling trees
a member of the public was seriously injured when hit by a falling tree
- Working and tree-climbing without any emergency
procedures to carry out an aerial rescue
a self employed arborist was found unconscious, suspended on a tree after banging his head against tree trunk
- Use competent contractors
A tree surgeon suffered fatal injuries from a chainsaw while working in a tree.