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Man fick träd över sig

Man fick träd över sig | Arboricultural injuries | Scoop.it
En man fick en tre meter lång del av en trädstam över sig vid en olycka i Danderyd norr om Stockholm på torsdagen. Han fördes till sjukhus men var hela tiden vid medvetande. Polise…
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Tree work accident in Stockholm, Sweden - Still waiting on feedback from company owner. Just to the right you can see Arb Aid's Trauma kit amongst all the paramedics... Hope no one was seriously hurt!! Keep you posted!! Lessons learned - good communications are essential on a busy arborist work-site.

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Council in court after parks workers suffer debilitating hand injuries

A Merseyside council has been sentenced after 29 employees were diagnosed with a debilitating condition that has left them with ongoing problems with their hands.
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Worker Loses Arm While Working for the Council

A 25 year old man lost his arm while he was working for Durham County Council back in 2009. While he was working to cut back some over grown bushes he was required to use a mobile wood chipper and this machine was the cause of the accident. As the unnamed man fed the branches he had cut back into the wood chipper part of his sleeve or possibly one of his gloves got caught up in the mechanics of the machine.

 

Tragic Accident Resulted in Arm Being Severed at the Shoulder

During the incident the employees arm was pulled into the machine where it had been caught on the clothing or glove. This resulted in serious injuries and despite other workers being able to switch off the machine the damage was too severe and his arm could not be saved. The young man was taken immediately to hospital by air where he had surgery on his shoulder. No part of the man’s arm could be saved as the chipper had severed it at the shoulder.

Health and Safety Services Could Have Helped

 

Since the accident the Durham County Council employee has found that life has been challenging and he is still suffering physically and mentally from the incident. The accident was properly investigated and the inspectors discovered that it was either the high visibilityvest or the man’s glove which was caught in with the trimmings from the tree.  This is a common problem with using wood chippers but despite this the Durham County Council did not take it into account while creating their risk assessments.

 

Not only was the risk assessment inadequate when it came to operating the wood chipper, they also failed to ensure that the published guidance about the control measures for safe usage of the machine were followed correctly.

Follow Health and Safety Guidance to Avoid Tragedy

Despite tree work being known as a high risk industry the council had failed their employees by not ensuring the guidance was followed and failing to create an adequate risk assessment. The operators needed to have the correct training to reduce the risks and the correct protective gear should have been used.

 

Wood chippers have been the focus of health and safety since they are known for being so dangerous. Had the council followed the guidance which was published in 2003 they would have known that any gloves which are warn during the operation of the machine should be close fitting or tucked into the sleeves of clothing being worn.

 

Fine for the Council As a result of the negligence of the Durham County Council the Health and Safety Executive prosecuted them. The council pleaded guilty to breaching Section2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. As a result they were fined £13,000 and also made to pay the costs of £8,212.50.

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In 2009 a council worker lost his arm in a wood chipper. A very good case for having tourniquets in an industry specific trauma first aid kit. The man in question lived to tell another tale... a matter of seconds could have changed his outcome dramatically. This was clearly an inexperienced operator who wasn't properly trained, many lessons to be learned in this story. Work safe folks and look after the folks around you!!!!

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Tree surgeon killed in horrific freak accident

Tree surgeon killed in horrific freak accident | Arboricultural injuries | Scoop.it

An article in the Daily Mail about father-of-one Adam Baldock, 27, who suffered from a fatal accident whilst working as a tree surgeon in Mitcham, Surrey. Baldock fell fell 20ft from a tree after a branch sprang back into him, thrusting a chainsaw into his neck.

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Tree surgeon who survived horror chainsaw injury transferred to London hospital

Tree surgeon who survived horror chainsaw injury transferred to London hospital | Arboricultural injuries | Scoop.it

The tree surgeon who severed all the major blood vessels in his neck with a chainsaw and survived emergency surgery has been transferred to a London hospital for specialist nerve repair.

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Council fined after worker loses arm in wood chipper

An article on the HSE website shows how Durham County Council has been prosecuted for safety failings after a grounds-man's arm was severed in a wood chipper machine.

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First aid ignorance means thousands die

First aid ignorance means thousands die | Arboricultural injuries | Scoop.it

A feature article in the Northampton Chronicle and Echo tells of how opportunities for First Aid training should dramatically increase.

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Arboriculture statistics during 2002/3-2010/11

These statistics show that the vast majority of fatal and major injuries in tree work are associated with chainsaw operations.

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Forestry worker killed on the job - death charges brought | Wanganui Chronicle

Forestry worker killed on the job -  death charges brought | Wanganui Chronicle | Arboricultural injuries | Scoop.it
The family of a forestry worker killed on the job have welcomed news of a prosecution being brought over his death. Reece Reid, a 23-year-old from Wanganui, was crushed by a falling tree near Pongo...
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Woodcutter crushed to death by falling tree in Angus woodland

Woodcutter crushed to death by falling tree in Angus woodland | Arboricultural injuries | Scoop.it
John Phillips died when the tree fell on him near Kirriemuir, in Angus.
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Tree falls on forestry worker - Stuff.co.nz

Tree falls on forestry worker - Stuff.co.nz | Arboricultural injuries | Scoop.it
Tree falls on forestry workerStuff.co.nzNelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter pilot Tim Douglas-Clifford said the 23-year-old man had been thinning trees in the forestry block, south of Wairau township, when the accident happened.
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Man's legs severed in wood chipper accident

Man's legs severed in wood chipper accident | Arboricultural injuries | Scoop.it

An article in ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) reports that an arborist's legs have been severed after an incident where he got caught in a wood chipper in Sydney's north-west.

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Tree trimmer dead after being hit by car

Tree trimmer dead after being hit by car | Arboricultural injuries | Scoop.it

An article on Tricities.com tells of how a tree trimmer working in the USA was fatally hit by a car whilst working in a construction zone.

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Boy band member was killed by a 25ft tree he felled

Boy band member was killed by a 25ft tree he felled | Arboricultural injuries | Scoop.it

This article talks about Jonny Kent, 18, drummer of The Difference, who was killed when a chestnut tree he was cutting down with a chainsaw crashed to the ground and struck him.

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HSE launches consultation on first aid changes for employers

HSE launches consultation on first aid changes for employers | Arboricultural injuries | Scoop.it

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a consultation on the proposed removal of the requirement for it to approve first aid training and qualifications. It also plans to review the content of the associated Approved Code of Practice to support employers with these changes.

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