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June 16, 2016
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

OSHA schedules meeting to discuss protecting workers performing
tree care operations

WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled an informal stakeholder meeting July 13, 2016, in Washington, D.C. to collect information on hazards in the tree care industry. The agency will use the information to determine the need for a proposed rule to protect workers from fatalities, injuries and hazards in tree care operations.

Tree trimming and removal operations expose workers to hazards including: falling from trees and aerial equipment; being hit by falling trees, flying objects and vehicular traffic; being cut by chain saws and chippers; and contacting energized power lines.

The meeting will be 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., July 13 in Room C-5515 1A&B, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210. Those interested in participating or observing can register online at https://projects.erg.com/conferences/osha/register-osha-tree-meeting.htm. Individuals also may register by facsimile, mail, express delivery and hand delivery. See the Federal Register notice for details.

For more information, contact Amy Wangdahl, director, Office of Maritime and Agriculture, OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance at Wangdahl.amy@dol.gov.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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