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Tree surgery and accident at work compensation claims

When the number of compensation claims made for fatal accidents at work are considered, forestry is one of the most dangerous professions. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) there were a total of 220 fatal workplace injuries in 2004/05 and around half of these occurred in two industries, construction (71) and agriculture, forestry and fishing (42). The personal injury claim industry saw accident at work compensation claims against employers made for many of these.

If you were considering becoming a tree surgeon, the high fatality incidence rate is something that you should think about. Here are some other factors that you should consider about tree surgery:

Physically demanding - it helps to be nimble, have great balance and good physical strength; balancing in a tree whilst wielding a chainsaw isn't an easy task.

Dangerous and challenging - you will either work at height where, although harnessed, you face the danger of falling or you will work on the ground where you face the danger of trees falling on top of you and causing serious personal injury.

Outdoors in all weathers - rain or shine you will have to brave the elements with only the trees for shelter. Tree surgery can be especially dangerous during high winds.

Highly skilled work - owing to the high work accident risks involved, tree surgery requires intensive training. Most start off as groundsmen and it may take years to progress to a climber. It is essential that each tree surgeon becomes adept in the use of a chainsaw on the ground and gains the necessary NPTC chainsaw certificates before being allowed to use the chainsaw at height.

One way to improve your skills as a tree surgeon is to gain on the job experience as a volunteer. Most tree surgery businesses will welcome the opportunity to increase their staffing levels for big jobs at little expense.

However, when offering your services you should make sure that the company you work for follows strict health and safety guidelines and also provides you with adequate training to minimise your risk of having an accident at work and you, or a loved one, having to make a compensation claim.

Making a compensation claim following an accident at work
If you have been harmed in an accident at work that wasn't your fault then we may be able to help you make a personal injury compensation claim.

If you work for a company or an individual it is partly their responsibility to make sure you are safe from harm in the workplace. If they breach any health and safety regulations which result in you sustaining personal injury you could then be in a position to make a compensation claim against them.

Our personal injury solicitors have a fantastic success rate and, as well as working on a no win no fee basis.

If you require further information about our services then click here to make a request for us to call you back and have a chat. Click here if you want free legal advice from one of our claims advisors. To speak to us direct about making a compensation claim following an accident at work, call 0800 197 32 32.