- Falling out of a tree stand can be a real risk for hunters.
Spinal injuries make up more than half the injuries suffered in falls from tree stands.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that a review of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics' trauma database for tree stand-related injuries from 1999 to 2013 shows 55 percent resulted in one or more spinal injuries.
The review looked at 117 patients who were hurt.
55 percent suffered one or more spinal injuries.
The study that also found 7 of the patients admitted to using alcohol the day of their accident.
There are no laws that require a safety harness be used in tree stands, but it's highly recommended.
A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources survey shows a majority of hunters use them.
|Story By: Associated Press