Arborist expert witnesses may testify on tree pruning, arboriculture, and tree removal safety, among other topics. In Who is Responsible for Safety?, Carl Potter of the Tree Care Industry Association writes on how accidents happen:
You know safety procedures require you to wear eye protection but it’s all the way back at the truck, so you’ll go ahead without them – just this once. You make the decision to do this job without the proper equipment and start sawing. Debris flies up and hits you in the face and now you have something in your eye. You go back to the truck and look in the mirror, trying to clean your eye. You’re thinking the whole time that you should have worn your glasses, because you are in trouble. Now you have to go to the doctor and will have an OSHA recordable. Your boss is going to be mad.
Read more: treecareindustry.org.