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Proposed rule for Tree Care Operations

U.S. Department of Labor


Consultation Platform

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Comment Deadline:


American workers who prune, repair, maintain, and remove trees experience an especially high rate of fatalities that is nearly 30 times higher than the national average. On a daily basis, these workers are exposed to a number of serious and potentially fatal hazards, including being struck by falling trees or branches, falling from trees, ladders, or bucket trucks, coming into contact with electric power lines and high-speed cutting equipment including chainsaws, chippers, and stump grinders. Workers who work on and around vegetation other than trees are also often exposed to many of these same hazards. The agency currently applies a patchwork of standards and the OSH Acts general duty clause, 29 U.S.C. 654(a)(1), to attempt to address these hazards. However, the relatively high frequency of fatalities and injuries for workers facing these hazards indicates that further regulation may be needed. OSHA is therefore considering whether it should promulgate a new Tree Care Operations standard for both general industry and construction work.

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