Working as a tree surgeon can be considered a dangerous vocation. Tree surgeons are at a greater risk of falls and broken bones. Other injuries that are commonly suffered by tree surgeons can range from minor to severe and can include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Back Injuries
- Electric shock due to faulty equipment
- Crush injuries
Tree surgeons can also be exposed to various toxins and chemicals which have been known to harm your health such as Asbestosis. Symptoms of harmful exposure include:
- Skin reactions
- Lung damage
In the event of any accident at work we always advise you seek medical attention first. Make sure your accident is recorded in the accident book if not at the time of accident then as soon as possible afterwards.
The accident book is very important when making a claim for compensation. Although the compensation is not dependant on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
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The three most common causes of tree surgeons being injured at work are operating with dangerous machinery, working at heights, and falling branches or tress.
Believe it or not, falls from heights are actually the most common cause of injury at work, especially the more severe of injuries such as spinal cord injuries and brain damage. In 2005, regulations were put in place to help minimise the amount of injuries due to falling from heights. These regulations include:
- Work at heights should be properly planned and supervised
- Working at heights should be avoided wherever possible unless it is absolutely essential
- The correct equipment must be provided when working at heights. This includes platforms and safety harnesses
- Everyone involved in the job should be fully trained, including supervisors
- All equipment should be checked regularly to ensure that it is in a safe, working condition.
If you have had an accident including a fall from a height whilst at work, you may be able to make a claim for compensation if it is proven that your employer did not meet all of the ‘working at heights regulations’.
Tree surgeons are expected to use dangerous machinery such as chain saws and stump grinders on a daily basis, which have the potential t cause horrific injuries such as amputations, and in severe cases can also cause fatality. By law, anyone operating machinery such as these, must have adequate training in how to use them safely and effectively. The law also states that anyone using these pieces of machinery should be provided with protective clothing by their employer in order to reduce the risks, and the impacts of any injuries.
Working in and around trees has risks of being hit by falling trees or branches, which may not sound serious. However, trees and branches can be extremely heavy and can cause severe injuries, especially if you are hit on the head. As an employer, it is your duty to provide personal protection equipment such as helmets to all employees to reduce the risk of injury.
If you have been injured in the workplace due to any of the above circumstances, you may be entitled to make a claim against your employer. This requires adequate evidence that your employer or another colleague is held responsible for your injuries.