Lansing, MI – Amid a tree-trimmer fatality rate more than 14 times the state average this year, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a hazard alert cautioning against unsafe work practices.

Through early October, five trimmers had died as a result of a fall, and one died after being struck and squeezed by rigging rope. MIOSHA has issued serious citations related to two of the fatalities while investigations into the remaining four deaths are ongoing.

The spike in deaths has increased the state’s fatality rate among tree trimmers to 45 per 100,000 workers, based on a U.S. Census Bureau count of 13,389 landscaping services employees statewide, MIOSHA reported.

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