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While a great many people don’t even think about trees in the wintertime, according to many gardening and landscaping experts, the winter months are actually an opportune time to trim or prune trees because they are dormant. While the tree trimming industry sees winter as a down time, there is often a lot of activity, and tree trimmers who are working should take precautions to keep themselves safe. The need for tree trimming has risen throughout Texas, due to the massive number of storms that regularly cause damage all along the coast and in Houston.
In addition to professional tree trimmers, many construction workers also find themselves in a position where they have to trim some trees as a part of their job. Because working with trees is potentially hazardous, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a set of guidelines for tree trimming and removal.
Like all employers in the state of Texas, tree trimming companies are required to make worker safety a priority, even during the slow season. In addition to making sure all workers are properly trained, all employers must implement the same safety protocols during the winter months that they employ the rest of the year.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while fatalities among tree trimmers has dropped in recent years, as of 2010, the injury rate in the industry is still high, at 697.9 per 10,000 full-time workers, as compared with a rate of 106.4 across all industries. One reason for this is a lack of proper training, in part because some employers are more interested in profit than worker safety.
Unfortunately, we know that some employers who make less money in winter will cut corners in a bid to improve their profit margin, which is bad news for their employees. If you or a loved one have been injured while trimming trees as part of your job, and you believe the reason may have been negligence on the part of an employer or someone else, please contact the tree trimming accident lawyers at Adame Garza LLP as soon as possible, so that we can look at your case and explore your options and help you protect your rights and make sure you’re properly compensated for your injuries and losses.