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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC40 Publication ID: Fall 2009 
Title: Tree Care Operations 
Abstract: In the 11-year period from 1992 through 2002 for which ornamental shrub and tree services fatality data are available from BLS, there were 637 fatalities in the industry, an average of about 58 fatalities per year or a rate of about 93 fatalities per 100,000 employees. To prevent many of these fatalities, OSHA will develop a standard on tree-trimming work, including maintaining and removing trees and brush. OSHA has standards on logging and line-clearance tree trimming that have been applied to activities performed by tree-care workers. Although there is an existing national consensus standard on tree-trimming work, American National Standards Institute Standard ANSI Z133.1-2006, Safety Requirements for Arboricultural Operations, OSHA has no comprehensive standard to address this type of work. The ANPRM requested information on such hazards as electrocution, falls, and struck by falling objects, as well as hazards associated with equipment used in tree-trimming work, including chippers, chain saws, and stump cutters. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910 
Legal Authority: 23 USC 655(b); 29 USC 657 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  09/18/2008  73 FR 54118 
ANPRM Comment Period End  12/17/2008   
Analyze Record  03/00/2010   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Local 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N-3718, FP Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678
Email: dougherty.dorothy@dol.gov

 
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