Fatal Tree Accidents Down in US


In Canada, we report injuries provincially, which often makes national numbers difficult to obtain. In contrast, here is a look at how our neighbours to the south are doing as they have comprehensive accident data. 

Lohud.com reported fatal accidents with tree trimmers are down 12% from 2003 to 2010. The exact numbers from the Bureau of Labour Statistics in the US are:
• Fatal work injuries involving farming, fishing and forestry workers increased by 9% in 2010. Fatalities among logging workers also increased in 2010, from 36 in 2009 to 59 in 2010.
• Fatal work injuries in the professional and business services sector were down 16%, led by a decline in fatalities in landscape services from 168 in 2009 to 130 in 2010.

As an interesting side note, the mean average hourly wage for a “tree trimmer” in the US in 2010 was $15.49, mean annual wage $32,220. Delaware was the top paying state at $48,140.   

Industry safety perspective:

US Department of Labour statistics:

– Pat Kerr


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