Arborist survives close call

Vental Waggoner was cutting down a black-walnut tree on January 31, 2022, in Bath Township, Ohio, when he may have gotten the professional scare of a lifetime.

The 26-year-old arborist was removing a few trees in the backyard of a residential property when a limb fell onto his head, punching through part of his protective helmet. Waggoner, who has owned and operated Zaccheus  Tree Co. in North Canton, Ohio, since 2018, was knocked to the ground due to the impact but was uninjured.

Vental Waggoner’s impaled helmet. The branch that struck him was more than 8 feet long and broke off on impact. The bottom pic is the view inside the helmet. Photos courtesy of Vental Waggoner.

He called himself extremely fortunate not to have been hurt. “I just didn’t know what happened initially. I knew something whacked me in the head,” Waggoner said afterward, according to an article in The Independent and on

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