Pamphlet offers safety guidance on tree care work and electricity

Publication provides details on potential hazards, safe practices, protective gear

Posted July 21, 2016

A new OSHA pamphlet intended for small business owners and front-line supervisors offers measures to help ensure workers know and are prepared for the risks of tree-trimming operations near sources of electricity.

The pamphlet includes information for employers on:

  • Training workers about potential hazards,
  • Making sure workers maintain a distance of at least 10 feet from overhead power lines, and
  • Providing proper gloves and shoes for hazards present where tree work is being performed.

According to OSHA, contact with electricity is one of the leading causes of death for tree care workers.

The pamphlet is available in English and Spanish.


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