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The Arboriculture industry statistically is one of the most dangerous professions in the world. It is imperative that the health and safety within our industry keeps evolving. It is our responsibility as Arborists to implement the safe work practices on our job sites, to wear all relevant PPE, to train apprentices and new hires in the correct way without allowing bad habits and potentially dangerous techniques.

We need to analyze our own incidents, learn from them, and figure out where mistakes were made and how the incident can be avoided/prevented in the future. We have to share these stories and experiences with our colleagues, and if possible to an even broader audience through social media and industry events.

Our goal is to create the most comprehensive 'Tree Worker incident database' that includes close calls and injuries. This database outlines the type of injury, the cause, a detailed description of the incident, factors leading to the incident and what could have been changed to avoid the injury (in the opinion of the contributor).

Date of incident03/24/2022
IncidentSnapped leader/main anchor of a young Acer tree
Location of incidentBerlin, Berlin
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Age of impacted party31
OutcomeClose call
Type of incident
  • Fall from height
Type of equipment involved
  • Climbing rope
Action taken
  • No first aid or medical assistance administered
Involvement of contributorWorker performing task
  • Sunny/mostly sunny
Causes of the incident
  • Fatigue
Description of incident

Failure two use two tie in points on a young Acer tree. The leader then took too much weight and snapped out.

Contributing factors

My mental health has not been good lately and has slowed down/effected my decision making capability. I was at the point of adding a second anchor when the leader/my main anchor snapped out. Luckily I didn't fall far before I caught myself but I did damage multiple parts of the tree.

Incident review and preventative measures

This was a close call in a very small tree but it could have been worse.

We need to talk about mental health in the tree industry more openly and create better support networks. It is very difficult to talk to people outside of the industry as they don't understand the very specific mental and physical effort needed to do our job. (Especially as a team leader.)