High hazard work claims life of horticultural worker

by on November 19, 2013 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

A Las Vegas casino tree-trimmer died from a fall suffered while working at the Mirage hotel. Arturo Mendez, 31, of Las Vegas, was reportedly 35 feet in the air when he fell. He underwent emergency surgery, but died of his injuries a few hours later. Mendez had worked at the casino for about a year as a horticultural worker.

Logging usually ranks first or second of most dangerous jobs (along with commercial fishing). Tree-trimming isn’t quite logging, but it does involve working at heights, working with hazards that are sometimes difficult to see, and working in ways that have a small margin for error.

In high-hazard work such as this, the safest work crews engage in a lot of communication with co-workers and supervisors. Experienced loggers will discuss the best ways to handle a job, and even stop if they have questions to make sure their approach workers. Other workers’ awareness of hazards – watching out for each other – also goes a long way.

Until the investigation is complete, it’s not known where safety process broke down. We’ll keep you posted.

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