A Recent String of Tree Stand Accidents Remind Us to Be Careful This Hunting Season.
On Tuesday afternoon, a Penn Hills man texted his friend to tell him he was hurt after falling out of a tree stand while hunting. He was taken to an area hospital after being carried out of the woods on a stretcher. The next day, a man from Moon Township was found dead beside his tree stand. He had his harness in his pocket.
Tree stand accidents account for one-third of all hunting related accidents. Between 1987-2006, 499 people in Pennsylvania were injured in a tree stand accident, 7 of those people died, and only 8 were wearing protective restraints. Hunting can be a dangerous activity. Follow these basic tips in order to limit the potential for you to have a tree stand accident:
1) Always wear a safety harness.
2) Check your tree stand for missing parts or breaks before you use it each time.
3) Select a tree that is safe. Make sure it is alive and can support your weight.
4) Hunt with a partner or have a plan in place in case you get hurt.
5) Carry a whistle with you in order to signal for assistance.
6) Never carry your gear into the tree with you. Use a haul line to bring your gear to you once you are secured.
If you or a loved one is injured in a hunting accident, including a tree stand accident, you may have a personal injury claim. Contact the Central PA Hunting Accident attorneys at Freeburn & Hamilton to discuss your case for FREE. The attorneys at Freeburn & Hamilton have been committed to getting their clients the compensation they deserve since 1982. Call the 7’s today (717-777-7777) or fill out the quick contact form on this page for a FREE consultation.