Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to Host Tree Care Safety Conference


Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) Unit Addresses New Safety Rule on Hazards in Tree Care & Removal Industry

BALTIMORE, MD (October 9, 2012) - The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's (DLLR) Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) unit will host a Tree Care Safety Conference on October 10, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Howard County Fairgrounds, located at 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD. 21794 in the Main Exhibition Building. Participants will receive information on Marylandís New Tree Care and Removal Regulation and gain information on how to become a DNR Licensed Tree Care Expert (LTE). The afternoon will be filled with educational demonstrations on Crane Safety, Chipper Safety and Climbing Safety. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Injured Workers Insurance Fund (IWIF), Maryland Arborist Association (MAA) and The Tree Care Industry of America (TCIA), partnered with DLLR on this event.

"Workers must be trained to identify existing and predictable hazards associated with tree care and removal work. Then they will be able to eliminate the potential for serious injury and death," said Ron DeJuliis, DLLR Commissioner of Labor and Industry.

The purpose of the Maryland Tree Care and Removal Regulation addresses safe work practices for tree care and removal as well as safety requirements for tools and equipment. DLLR seeks to prevent injuries and accidents related to tree care and removal in construction, demolition, and general industry.

In the United States from 2003 through 2010, there were 493 tree-trimmers and pruners working in landscaping, construction, utilities, and other industries who were fatally injured while performing on the job. Of this number 313 were killed when they were struck by a tree or log, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' occupational injuries and illnesses data. Since 2008, in the state of Maryland, 10.2 percent of occupational fatalities investigated by MOSH occurred while working in tree care and removal activities.

The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation protects and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, providing a safety net and cultivating a thriving workforce that can meet the demands of Marylandís dynamic economy. Follow DLLR on Twitter (@MD_DLLR) and Facebook.