The Dangers of Unsafe Tree Climbing
According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, “unintentional injury is the top killer of children under 14, ahead of cancer and birth defects.”
- In the United States, more than 5,600 children die annually from unintentional injuries. (NCPA)
- Each year in the U.S., 140 children die, and 3 million more are injured in falls. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Falls are the second leading cause of death from unintentional injury in the U.S. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Being a timber cutter is the most dangerous job there is. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- Tree climbing is so unsafe, lumberjacks can’t buy life insurance. (Sierra Club)
- 36% of all hunting accidents in Georgia are caused by falling out of trees. (Sierra Club)
- A village in Zimbabwe is experiencing an epidemic of villagers falling out of trees. (Zimbabwe Daily News)
- Children of Ukrainian farmers often died falling out of trees.
- The majority of hunters are not injured by buckshot, but from falling out of trees. (Panama City News Herald)
- Playground equipment over 8 feet [has] close to three times the injury rate of equipment under that height. (National Program for Playground Safety)
- Professional tree climbing organizations such as Tree Climbers International do not recommend free climbing because it is so dangerous. They believe that encouraging a child to free-climb is life-threatening. (from http://www.fiftydangerousthings.com/news/some-thoughts-on-28-climb-a-tree)
On the other hand, I'm pretty sure this (below) was mighty good for some Tappers today!