The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) conducted an analysis of 62 civilian tree care-related accidents reported by the media so far this year. While these numbers are not representative of all – or even most – tree care accidents involving non-professionals, they provide insight into the types of hazards homeowners are likely to encounter while attempting tree work. The discovered that 66% of the accidents resulted in death. In two-thirds of all cases where it could be determined, the victims undertook hazardous tree work with nobody to spot them, nobody to assist them and nobody to advise them when it might have been prudent to stop and seek out an expert. The TCIA is encouraging home and property owners to hire a professional to do tree work for them, in order to help curb this trend of avoidable fatalities.