Drone aids rescue of climber from tree

A worker was rescued from a tree May 31, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. He was climbing with spikes and a rope system, but lost control of the rope and dropped it when he was 65 feet up. The Kansas City Fire Department sent a new rope and harness to the man via drone, and […]

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Man killed in struck-by

A man was killed when he was struck by a tree while cutting wood May 30, 2024, in Laytonville, Calif. Because of the rough terrain in the area, rescuers carried the man to a landing area where an air ambulance was waiting, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Mendocino […]

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Woman killed in struck-by

A woman was killed when she was struck by a tree branch while clearing storm damage May 28, 2024, in Arlington, Texas. The woman was clearing a tree that had fallen on her roof during a storm when another branch broke and struck her, causing her to fall, according to a WFAA.com report.

Falls

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Worker dies in fall from boom

A worker died when the aerial lift he was operating tipped over May 18, 2024, in Franklinville, N.Y. Justin Howard, 43, of Franklinville, was trimming trees when the lift tipped. He was conscious when emergency crews arrived and was taken to a medical center, where he died, according to a WKBW News report.

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Worker dies in fall from bucket truck

A worker was thrown from a bucket and killed when a rope broke April 4, 2024, in Colonial Heights, Virginia. Charles William Sloan Jr., 47, of South Chesterfield, Va., was working in a bucket approximately 50 feet up when a rope he’d attached to a tree or tree section broke, causing him to be ejected […]

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Man injured in fall

A man was injured when he fell from a ladder February 21, 2024, in Jacksonville, Illinois. The man was standing on a ladder cutting branches when he fell. The man was taken to the hospital, but the extent of his injuries was unknown, according to a My Journal Courier report.

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Man killed in fall from ladder

A man was killed when he fell from a-ladder while trimming a tree February 13, 2024, in East Bethel, Minnesota. Paul Eugene Malaske, 70, of East Bethel, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a CBS News report.

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Homeowner injured in fall from tree

A man was injured when he fell approximately 25 feet from a tree January 6, 2024, in Mansfield, Massachusetts.The 77-year-old man was trimming a tree when the incident occurred. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital by a medical helicopter, according to a report in The Sun Chronicle.

STRUCK BY OR AGAINST

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Man killed in struck-by

A man was killed when he was struck by a tree while cutting wood May 30, 2024, in Laytonville, Calif. Because of the rough terrain in the area, rescuers carried the man to a landing area where an air ambulance was waiting, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Mendocino […]

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Woman killed in struck-by

A woman was killed when she was struck by a tree branch while clearing storm damage May 28, 2024, in Arlington, Texas. The woman was clearing a tree that had fallen on her roof during a storm when another branch broke and struck her, causing her to fall, according to a WFAA.com report.

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Man injured in struck-by

A man was seriously injured when he was struck by a tree May 26, 2024, in Christian County, Kentucky. The 47-year-old man was cutting the tree after a storm when it fell on him. He was flown to a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, with serious injuries, according to a WKDZ radio report.

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Highway worker seriously injured in struck-by

A highway-department worker was seriously injured when he was struck by a tree he was cutting May 1, 2024, in Blooming Grove, New York. The worker was part of a highway crew working to clear the area as part of a pipe culvert project when the incident occurred. He broke several bones and was transported […]

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Lift operator killed in probable struck-by

A man was killed while attempting to cut down a large tree April 27, 2024, in Plaistow, New Hampshire. Police received a call about an unresponsive man in an elevated lift. Multiple crews, including an employee with the boom-lift rental company, worked to lower the basket to assess the injured man, who was pronounced dead […]

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Climber trapped and killed by palm fronds

A tree worker was killed when he was trapped under palm fronds April 27, 2024, in Riverside, California. The worker, who had been contracted by a homeowner, was 30 feet up when a skirt of palm fronds fell on top of him, trapping him while still aloft in the tree. A fire-department technical rescue team […]

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Tractor operator killed clearing trees

A worker was killed while using a tractor to clear trees February 24, 2024, in Stanislau County, California. The man was operating the tractor when he became trapped between the tractor and a tree, or beneath the tractor tire. He was working for a tree-removal company at the time of the incident, according to an […]

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Man dies in struck-by

A man died while doing yard work January 21, 2024, in Milam, Texas.La Porte police chief Doug Ditrich, 51, of La Porte, Texas, was found dead, apparently crushed by a tree. He died due to a “tree cutting accident,” deputies said, according to a KTRE news report.

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Worker trapped, injured under tracked lift

A tree worker was injured October 4, 2023, in Colleton County, South Carolina, when he became trapped under a 16,000-pound compact lift. The tree crew was working in a wooded area with a steep embankment when the equipment fell on top of the worker. Photos of the incident indicate that the boom of the tracked […]

ELECTRIC SHOCK OR BURN

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Man electrocuted when chain saw hits power line

A man was electrocuted while cutting a tree May 25, 2024, in Arlington, Texas. Carl David Blaylock III, of White Settlement, Texas, was helping his uncle trim a tree when Blaylock’s chain saw hit a power line and he was electrocuted. Emergency personnel removed his body from the tree, according to a WFAA.com report.

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Worker receives electric shock

A worker received a major electric shock May 23, 2024, in Hunter, N.Y. The boom of a bucket truck made contact with a power line, which then broke. The worker standing on the ground was shocked. He was treated at the scene and later transported to a hospital, where he was expected to be discharged, […]

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Man electrocuted touching forklift

A man came in contact with a forklift and was electrocuted May 14, 2024, in Liberty County, Texas. The 22-year-old man from Baytown, Texas, was making a delivery of supplies to a tree-trimming crew. The man touched the forklift that held a tree that was in contact with the power line. As a result, the […]

RESCUE

Drone aids rescue of climber from tree

A worker was rescued from a tree May 31, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. He was climbing with spikes and a rope system, but lost control of the rope and dropped it when he was 65 feet up. The Kansas City Fire Department sent a new rope and harness to the man via drone, and […]

Worker rescued after being suspended upside down

A tree trimmer was rescued after he became stuck upside down in a tree May 28, 2024, in Kansas City, Missouri. The man became entangled in the tree and was suspended approximately 15 feet up. Firefighters used ladders and ropes to lower him, and he was treated at a local hospital for leg and foot […]

Injured worker rescued from tree

An injured worker was rescued 25 feet up in a tree May 11, 2024, in Garden Grove, California. The man was injured in the tree and required immediate medical treatment once he was lowered to the ground, according to a hoodline.com report. There were no details about the cause of the injuries.

Injured worker airlifted from mountainous region

A tree worker was injured while working near Hood Mountain April 22, 2024, east of Santa Rosa, California. The worker was treated for his injuries at the scene and then transported via helicopter to an ambulance and then a hospital. His injuries were not life threatening, but details of the injuries were not known, according […]

Climber rescued from tree

A climber was rescued after becoming entangled in gear and getting stuck upside down in the tree February 4, 2024, in Smith County, Texas. The tree worker may have lost his footing while working in the tree, and a gust of wind also may have been a factor. Emergency responders were able to assist the […]

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