Thursday, February 18, 2016

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: OSHA Tree Care Safety Standards

Tree care is a high-hazard industry that provides services such as pruning, tree and stump removal, cabling and bracing, storm cleanup and lightning protection. For years, members of the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) have petitioned federal regulators to develop safety standards to address the high number of tree worker injuries and fatalities. While some states, including Maryland, have established their own standards for licensed tree experts, current federal regulations fail to adequately address many of the leading causes of tree worker deaths. Recently, however, OSHA announced that it would begin to gather information for the possible development of specific rules for the industry. Safety advocates are applauding the move, saying that it would provide an added level of enforcement that may help to save lives. Tree Care Accidents Tree care workers have an injury and illness rate four times greater than the national average, according to the 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics

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