Death in NJ

#1
Heard about this accident a few days ago. It seems they were doing a pretty quick job, 2 20 ft pines. Apparently they set the knuckleboom up to pick the trees instead of either piecing them out or dropping them. The outriggers weren't down and either the boom or the tree contacted a primary. The victim was air lifted in critical condition but died over the weekend. I know of the company and 80 hr work weeks are the norm. They've rolled a pick up truck, a chip truck and another guy was electrocuted but lived all within a 2 year span. Hard to believe but it's true.
I'm accustomed to production tree work but it's insane to send untrained guys out and push them to work ridiculous hours. If you're the business owner don't you see the writing on the wall after a few accidents? To be that blindly motivated by greed and expose people to unnecessary risk is criminal
 

treehumper

Well-Known Member
#2
Too often owners use their own past experience as their guide to how others should perform. They have forgotten their incidents or diminish them to such an extent as to make them irrelevant in their mind's eye. Add that to the demands of the bottomline and, their expectations become excessive. They'll blame every incident on the individual and convince themselves it wouldn't have happened if....

This is what makes our industry dangerous.
 

Daniel

Well-Known Member
#4
Heard about this accident a few days ago. It seems they were doing a pretty quick job, 2 20 ft pines. Apparently they set the knuckleboom up to pick the trees instead of either piecing them out or dropping them. The outriggers weren't down and either the boom or the tree contacted a primary. The victim was air lifted in critical condition but died over the weekend. I know of the company and 80 hr work weeks are the norm. They've rolled a pick up truck, a chip truck and another guy was electrocuted but lived all within a 2 year span. Hard to believe but it's true.
I'm accustomed to production tree work but it's insane to send untrained guys out and push them to work ridiculous hours. If you're the business owner don't you see the writing on the wall after a few accidents? To be that blindly motivated by greed and expose people to unnecessary risk is criminal
SO what company was it..
the truth shall set you free!!
 
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