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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 incident07/18/2019
IncidentBee nest
Location of incidentDevon
United Kingdom
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Age of impacted party55 and 50
OutcomeMinor injury
Type of incident
  • Close call
Type of equipment involved
  • Other
Type of injury
  • Other
Bodily injury to
  • Torso
Action taken
  • No first aid or medical assistance administered
Involvement of contributorWorker performing task
  • Sunny/mostly sunny
Causes of the incident
  • Complacency
Description of incident

Climber attacked by bees whilst working in the tree. Pre climb inspection missed the bees nest.

Contributing factors

Other more difficult work was being done on the site. Perhaps the nest would have been spotted had a more through pre climb inspection been done.

Incident review and preventative measures

Always have a good pre climb inspection. Climber was able to escape efficiently on his climbing system (rope runner/srt)

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Form completed by (optional)David Dobedoe