10 Researched Facts About Treestand Falls You Should Know

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Do You Take Treestand Safety Seriously?

Average Age of Fall Victims

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1 | Average Age of Fall Victims

Approximately 42 percent of fall victims are 35 to 54 years old.

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Types of Treestands Involved with Falls

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2 | Types of Treestands Involved with Falls

Stand types in use during falls were: lock-on (31 percent), climber (25 percent), ladder (20 percent), homemade (20 percent), and box stands/tripods (four percent).

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Types of Hunters Who Fall

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3 | Types of Hunters Who Fall

The most common types of hunters who fall include: archery (45 percent), modern firearm (39 percent), muzzleloader (11 percent) and crossbow (five percent).

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Timing of Falls

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4 | Timing of Falls

Timing of falls included: ascending (23 percent), transitioning to platform (15 percent), on-stand (40 percent) and descending (22 percent). About 60 percent of falls occurred while not on stand.

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Causes of Falls

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5 | Causes of Falls

The top five primary causes of falls included: slipping or losing grip (28 percent), stand strap breaks (16 percent), human error (11 percent), stand breaks (eight percent) and step/ladder failure (seven percent).

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Harness or No Harness?

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6 | Harness or No Harness?

Approximately 85.5 percent of fall victims had no harness on or with them. About 14.5 percent of victims had a harness on or with them but were either not connected, took it off, used it improperly or used it with minor injuries.

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Injury vs. Fatality Percentages

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7 | Injury vs. Fatality Percentages

Of falls, 91 percent result in injury and nine percent results in death. Of those deaths, 90.2 percent were not wearing a harness. Of the injuries, 85.2 were not wearing a harness, either.

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Goal: Reduce Falls By 50 Percent By 2023

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8 | Goal: Reduce Falls By 50 Percent By 2023

Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation’s (TSSA) mission is to significantly reduce treestand accidents through promotion, education and best practices and its goal is to reduce the estimated number of treestand incidents 50 percent by 2023. TSSA strives to ensure that every hunter comes home safe to their family and friends.

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Fall Percentages Are Already Declining

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9 | Fall Percentages Are Already Declining

TSSA is excited to share that we are seeing positive changes in the estimated numbers of falls that are occurring on a national level. Based on the latest data available (2017), there has been a 28 percent decrease in the number of estimated falls requiring an emergency department visit, while over the same period of time, there has been 7.1 percent increase in the number of licensed hunters nationwide. This significant drop in the estimated number of falls reflects the industry-wide efforts of TMA, NBEF, WTU, IHEA, state DNR’s, TSSA, our other supporting partners (Realtree, Hunter Safety System, Summit Tree Stands, Hunter-ed.com, American Hunting Lease Association, Sole Scraper) and others focusing on tree stand safety.

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Ways to Take Treestand Safety Seriously

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10 | Ways to Take Treestand Safety Seriously

TSSA has designed an educational campaign called the “ABC’s of Tree Stand Safety” to serve as the building blocks to the awareness campaign (infographic below).

  1. Always remove and inspect your equipment
  2. Buckle on your full-body harness
  3. Connect to the tree before your feet leave the ground

Hunters and members of the industry alike can help spread the message of TSSA Foundation. Visit the TSSA website at Treestandsafetyawareness.com.

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September is Treestand Safety Awareness Month and is the month that most hunters head back to the woods to hang stands in preparation for the upcoming hunting season. That’s where the TSSA comes in.

The TSSA Foundation is a grassroots 501(c)(3) organization that serves the industry as a resource with its sole focus on significantly reducing treestand accidents through promotion, education and best practices.

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