Operator dies when lift’s boom fails

An aerial-lift operator died while trimming trees on August 16, 2021, in Douglas, Michigan, after the upper boom of the tracked lift he was using apparently failed.

The upper-boom arm broke off and the bucket fell from a height of at least 40 feet onto the cement approach to a garage. The operator, a 50-year-old Holland, Mich.-area man, and owner of a local tree service based in Holland was pronounced dead at the scene. The fall is believed to have been the result of a mechanical failure of the boom lift, according to a report in The Holland Sentinel.

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