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Workplace accidents involving tree workers alarmingly prevalent

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says logging ranks near the top of the list of hazardous occupations nationwide. With the lingering drought in California that has killed more than 100 million trees along with the results of recent wildfires, tree removal crews from all over the country have come to work here. Sadly, several lives have been lost in workplace accidents in the process.

The most recent fatality claimed the life of a 35-year-old tree worker. Reportedly, the sheriff's office received a call to alert them of the incident shortly before 11 a.m. on a recent Monday. The deceased man's employer says the worker scaled a tree, removing branches on his way up. He was planning to cut the tree in sections from the top, but an unknown incident at the height of between 80 and 100 feet caused him to fall.

The company owner said the worker was equipped with the necessary climbing gear. He landed on the sidewalk, and paramedics say they could still detect his pulse when he was loaded into an ambulance to be transported to a different location at which they planned to transfer him to a medical helicopter. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries before they could reach the air ambulance.

When lives are lost in workplace accidents in California, the surviving family members can rely on the workers' compensation insurance system for financial relief. The death benefits that they may claim include coverage of the expenses related to end-of-life arrangements. Furthermore, the dependents will be entitled to survivors' benefits that will be in the form of a financial package to cover living expenses for a predetermined period.

Source: uniondemocrat.com, "Tree worker dies in accident east of Groveland;", Guy McCarthy, Oct. 16, 2017

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