Atlanta is known as a city in a forest for the abundance of trees and the extent of the city’s tree canopy cover. However, the downside of living in an area with such a huge amount of trees is that tree workers are often needed to cut down limbs which affect property owners. Tree workers are at high risk of injury due to the nature of their work. Some of the most common injuries sustained by tree workers include:
- Falls: Tree workers are often required to work at heights, which puts them at risk of falls. Falls from ladders, scaffolding, or trees can result in serious injuries, including broken bones, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
- Contact with power lines: Tree workers often work near power lines, which can be deadly if they come into contact with them. Contact with power lines can cause electrocution, which can lead to death or serious injury.
- Being struck by falling objects: Tree workers are often at risk of being struck by falling objects, such as branches, trees, or equipment. Being struck by a falling object can cause serious injuries, including head injuries, broken bones, and internal injuries.
- Chainsaw injuries: Chainsaw injuries are another common type of injury sustained by tree workers. Chainsaw injuries can range from minor cuts to serious lacerations and amputations.
- Insect bites and stings: Tree workers may be exposed to insects and other pests, which can cause bites and stings. Insect bites and stings can be painful and can lead to allergic reactions, infection, and other health problems.
In addition to these common injuries, tree workers may also be exposed to other hazards, such as:
- Weather conditions: Tree workers may be required to work in hot, cold, wet, or windy weather conditions. These weather conditions can increase the risk of fatigue, slips and falls, and other injuries.
- Toxic chemicals: Tree workers may be exposed to toxic chemicals, such as pesticides and herbicides. Exposure to these chemicals can cause health problems, such as respiratory problems, skin irritation, and cancer.
- Physical exertion: Tree work is a physically demanding job. Tree workers may be required to lift heavy objects, climb trees, and work in awkward positions. This physical exertion can increase the risk of fatigue, injuries, and health problems.
It is important for tree workers to take steps to protect themselves from injury. This includes using proper safety equipment, such as hard hats, safety glasses, fall protection, and chainsaw safety gear. Tree workers should also be aware of the hazards associated with their work and take steps to avoid them. The attorneys at Sadow & Froy are experienced in handling cases involving tree workers and the multitude of injuries that they can suffer. If you, a friend or a loved one is a tree worker who has been injured in an accident, please call us at 770-984-8900 for a free consultation today.