Tree Trimming Deaths Alarm Federal Officials
Workplace injuries are common, but some industries have a surprising level of them that stuns even the most studious watch groups. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, tree trimmers and maintenance workers have fatal accidents in their work at over 3 times the U.S average. And despite this alarming number, tree trimmers do not have any specialized federal safety standards. Even though the International Society of Arboriculture has a set of voluntary standards, these are not official and a great deal of private contractors do not adhere to them.
According to the figures of the Tree Care Industry Association, over the course of the last seven years, around 580 people have died in tree trimming related accidents. That equals about 83 deaths per year. Unfortunately, in 1995, OSHA has only enacted rules for the logging industry, but these rules do not legally apply to tree trimming. The industry, wanted to avoid government over watch, has argued that the OSHA regulations are far too overreaching for the industry and need to be scaled by and modified for its particular line of work.
The good news is that OSHA is finally coming around to dealing with this widespread problem. Last fall they announced that they would begin investigating the industry to put together a set of specific policies and guidelines for the companies to follow. However, in the meantime, the industry will be plagued with more injuries and workplace deaths due to companies not having a specific guideline about equipment and other workplace safety issues.
Wrongful Death Cases
It is also worth noting that although there are no specific OSHA rules regarding the tree trimming industry, standard regulations and laws do still apply. While it is a horrible tragedy to lose a loved one due to an accident in their line of work, there might still be a case for wrongful death due to a company’s negligent behavior. There is also potential that their is a case due to faulty equipment or negligent coworkers.
Wrongful death claims are when someone dies on the job and their is a party or entity at fault, whether it is the equipment manufacturer, the company itself, or other parties. A qualified workplace injury attorney would be able to evaluate a fatal work accident and help determine if there is a claim to be made. They would be able to determine the correct parties to potentially litigate against, and to thoroughly investigate the matter.
Your loved one might be gone, but if there is someone at fault for their death, a workplace injury attorney should be contacted to help you move forward in the process. If you are looking for a workplace injury attorney, you should consider the attorneys at GOM law. They will aggressively seek the justice that your loved one deserves and have experience in workplace related deaths.
Garcia and Ochoa was started in 1985 to help families in workplace and other related litigation. A good workplace injury attorney understands that these types of cases involve real people with real issues and that creating a safer work environment for those who are left behind should be more than just a case, but a cause.
So if you are looking for someone that will represent you in a wrongful death case, contact Garcia and Ochoa today.