Tree service workers or arborists provide a valuable service to homeowners and businesses. They are involved in pruning, tree and bush removal, tree care, fertilization, tree planting, and more. However, with all the great and important services they provide to beautify homes and office buildings, the profession is one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation.
When job-related injuries and accidents occur, legal representation is critical for tree service workers who seek to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation provides benefits to workers who experience job-related injuries and illnesses. A qualified employee may receive workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who is at fault for the accident. Benefits typically include compensation for medical bills, treatment services, and lost income.
A tree service worker’s job is not easy and always dangerous. Tree service workers should remember that they have a right to a safe workplace even when their job entails dangerous situations.
The New Jersey Tree Service Workers Attorney at Schibell &Mennie realize the multitude of risks associated with this profession, and we help injured tree service workers exercise their rights. Our attorneys provide injured workers with the legal tools and resources to report an injury, raise a safety concern, or file a workers’ compensation claim without fear of retaliation from their employer.
Each year, tree service workers experience nearly 23,000 chainsaw injuries treated in emergency rooms and account for approximately 80 worker deaths. Tree service workers can be seriously hurt or killed by:
The growing number of tree service injuries and deaths has caused the Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) to take notice of the industry by encouraging companies to incorporate special safety initiatives targeted at tree care and landscape companies.
Some companies have developed an accident prevention program designed to reinforce the need for workplace safety. These programs will teach tree service workers how to identify workplace hazards, reduce risks, and understand the possible job-related hazards and how to avoid them. When these programs are not implemented or a failure to protect a worker occurs, injured workers may be entitled to workers’ compensation.
If you are a tree service worker who has suffered an injury or developed an illness or health problem due to your work, contact Schibell & Mennie, LLC today. Our experienced New Jersey Tree Service Workers Attorney can answer your questions, navigate the legal system, and explain your options so you can get the compensation you are entitled to by law. Call or contact us online to request your free consultation today.
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