An Alabama company that provides tree-trimming services was recently under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after one its employees died on the job.
Alabama Power had hired the tree-trimming company to clear trees away from overhead power lines in Webb, Alabama. The worker was reportedly in an aerial lift trimming a tree when an improperly cut tree fell on the aerial lift, causing the worker to be ejected and fall from a height to his death.
OSHA conducted an investigation into the untimely death of this employee and found two ways in which this accident could have been prevented. First, the employee was not wearing fall protection while in the aerial lift. Second, the tree was cut improperly, causing it to fall in the wrong direction.
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