Dear Station Members,
Below is yet another sad case of Tree Work accident which, according to the media report, has resulted in critical injury of a Tree Worker while he was cutting down a 20 m tall Eucalyptus citrioda in Lantau Island yesterday. The tree was said to fall unexpected in the wrong direction to pull the crane lorry along with it, hitting & pressing the Tree Worker while he was trying to escape. From the photos so shown, the section of tree would weigh at least a ton to cause serious damage to any human being underneath.
Tree Work is very dangerous!! In the West, Tree Work is mostly carried out & supervised by trained personnel like Certified Tree Worker (CTW) or equivalent, & would not be administered by construction workers or ordinary landscape workers. ISA HK/China also does not believe our current Govt Specialist Contractors are trained in Rigging, Tree Climbing, Arboricultural Safety Procedures, Tree Pruning & Chainsaw Operation like an ISA Tree Worker, & would recommend at least a CTW to be present on site to supervise or carry out any proper Tree Work, if not an Independent Practicing Arborist (IPA) who is expert in both.
Tree Work appears to be carried out some time somewhere in our territory everyday. ISA HK/China frequently hears accidents due to one reason or another. We have also noticed that this critical injury did not draw as much attention in media like the Stanley Tree Failure case. Would it be because it was a construction worker who got hit this time & not a prominent member of public? Or would it be becasue it was not a case resulting in fatality? Would any improvement in working procedure or supervision be reviewed & by whom?
In any case, Tree Workers in our industry may have to take special prayer at present to protect themselves. What else can?
"Trees are good for the community. Trees need care like human beings. Arborists are the Tree Care Professionals."
9月18日 星期四 05:15