Lift operator cuts own neck, dies

An aerial-lift operator died when his chain saw kicked back into his neck on February 25, 2021, in Brownsville, Tennessee.

Charlie “TreeMan” Shreve, 50, of Mercer, Tenn., was cutting a branch one-handed with his left hand, according to eyewitness reports. The branch was just above his head. As he turned to throw the cut branch, the saw glanced off the tree limb and kicked back, striking the victim. He slumped down in the bucket.

By the time co-workers were able to lower the victim and extract him from the bucket (it took four people, a forklift and a rope to do so), he had expired. This account is according to reports provided directly to TCI Magazine
staff and the victim’s obituary at

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