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Unsafe tree trimmer

Posted: July 29, 2009 3:33 p.m.
Updated: July 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.
In the July 15 edition of The Signal, there was a photo of a tree trimmer from Roy Boak Tree Service providing service to the College of the Canyons Oak trees.

I find it hard to believe a company that has been around for 30 years doing business for the city and the college does not follow Cal-Osha regulations.

First of all I thought the college would also regulate safety for its subcontractors.

The trimmer was not wearing a hard hat or safety glasses.

Cal-Osha regulations in Section 3381 says employees working in locations where they risk receiving head injuries from flying or falling objects and/or electric shock and burns shall wear approved head protection.

When head protection is required, the employer shall ensure that approved protective helmets are selected and used in accordance with their demonstrated resistance to impact and electrical hazards.

Each approved protective helmet shall bear the original marking required by the ANSI standard under which it was approved. At a minimum, the marking shall identify the manufacturer, ANSI designated standard number and date and ANSI designated class of helmet.

Section 3382, covering eye and face protection, requires that employees working in locations where they risk receiving eye injuries such as punctures, abrasions, contusions or burns due to contact with flying particles, hazardous substances, projections or injurious light rays that are inherent in the work or environment shall be safeguarded by means of face or eye protection.

Suitable screens or shields isolating the hazardous exposure may also be considered adequate safeguards for nearby employees.


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