Tree care and pruning industry safety conference on May 27

It’s no surprise that tree care—a job where the tools of the trade are climbing ropes and chainsaws—has a high injury rate. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries thinks a lot can be done to make the industry safer.

Industry experts say many safety parameters are regularly ignored by most tree service contractors.

The state Department of Labor and Industries is hosting a conference on worker safety for the tree care and pruning industry from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 27 at it’s office at 1720 Ellis St., Suite 200.

The tree care and pruning industry has some of the most dangerous jobs in Washington, according to Labor and Industries’ injury report data. In 2013, nearly 250 tree care workers were injured. Common injury causes included being struck by falling tree limbs and falling from heights, according to a press release from Labor and Industries.

“When an industry has a high rate of injuries, it absolutely concerns us,” said Roseann Collins with the state’s workers’ compensation program, in a news release. “Our goal is to help these companies find ways to get their work done safely. It’s the right thing to do for their employees, and saves them lost production time and higher worker’s compensation rates.”

To register, go to www.lni.wa.gov/main/workshopstraining. Get more information by calling 360-902-4599.

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