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 Law to discuss your case for FREE. The attorneys at Freeburn Law 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.