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OSHA says tree trimmer's fatal workplace accident was preventable

Tree service companies are very active at this time of the year, and owners of these enterprises are responsible for the health and safety of the employees. Tree trimming is an occupation filled with hazards -- not only for those trimming the trees at dangerous heights but also the workers at ground level. A federal safety agency recently found a New York company responsible for a tree trimmer's death in a workplace accident in a neighboring state last October.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a father of two was trimming a tree at a townhouse complex when a large tree limb struck him. Emergency personnel took the man who had suffered critical head and upper body injuries to a hospital after administering first aid. Sadly, his death was pronounced upon arrival at the medical facility.

OSHA recently completed an investigation and fined the deceased man's employer over $25,000. Investigators say the equipment that is used to lower the limbs safely to the ground lacked sufficient rope wrap attachments, leaving the workers without proper control when the limb was lowered. This was when the worker was struck, causing fatal injuries.

A New York family who has to cope with the unexpected loss of loved one in a fatal workplace accident may pursue financial assistance with the financial consequences of such a tragedy. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can help with the navigation of death benefits claims. Not only do survivors' benefits include coverage of the costs related to end-of-life arrangements but also a wage-replacement package to help with daily living expenses.

Source: Ramsey, NJ Patch, "OSHA Fines Tree Service Company $25K For Man's Ramsey Death", Daniel Hubbard, May 15, 2017

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