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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure helmets and high-visibility clothing are worth at all times in the working area.
- Ensure clear communication is maintained between the arborist and ground crew between branches and trunk sections are cut and lowered.
- Marking out unsafe areas in which ground crew must keep out of ensuring safety of workers.
One worker was walking near a tree being taken down into the area where the tree branches and tree trunk sections were landing. He was not wearing his safety helmet. The arborist was cutting off the top section of the tree trunk and did not realise that a worker was under the tree.
The worker suffered a severe brain injury and a depressed skull fracture requiring surgery.