A tree trimmer was injured after getting trapped briefly by a falling tree limb. He was working “dozens of feet” above the ground in Middlesex County, N.J. at the time of the accident, said Fox News (8.6.13).
Photos on the Fox News website showed another worker freeing the injured worker. A raised bucket and chainsaw were needed to free the tree trimmer from the heavy looking limb.
Responders waiting on the ground put the man on a stretcher and loaded him into an ambulance. The worker’s condition was unreported.
Occupational injuries among tree trimmers and grounds maintenance workers
A large number of people in New York perform their jobs without fear that a slip-up may seriously injure them. For other employees, like tree trimmers, workplace injuries, or even fatalities, are persistent concerns. Few jobs are as dangerous as tree trimming.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the number of injured grounds maintenance workers was 1,142 during 2003-2008, an average of 190 each year. In 15% of the accidents the workers were struck by a falling tree or limb and died. Another 13% were killed after falling from or falling because of a tree.
Dangerous occupations, workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyers
Many jobs are dangerous. However, some are inherently more dangerous than others. This accident, which could have been fatal, is a reminder of why employers must carry New York workers compensation insurance. Workers’ comp covers employees in the event of an injury or, in the worst-case scenario, death.
For workers who need to file a workers’ compensation claim, it can sometimes be difficult. No employee wants to think that their employer would strive to keep them from receiving all the benefits they deserve but, unfortunately, this is something that can and does happens. For the injured worker or his or her family, this can be extremely frustrating, to say the least.