An employee of a landscaping company has died as the result of a Connecticut Slip and Fall accident that occurred while working on a job trimming trees. The Naugatuck Patch reports the incident occurred on November 4 around 10:30 a.m. at a residence in Middlebury, Connecticut.
Acting chief for the Middlebury Police Department, Richard Wildman, stated the 53-year-old worker was part of a crew from K Landscaping hired to assist in the cleanup from Hurricane Sandy and had climbed roughly 40-feet up a tree to begin cutting when he became entangled in the branches as the tree fell to the ground.
The worker suffered multiple fractures and severe head trauma as a result of the slip and fall accident. Rescue crews from Middlebury Fire Department and Campion Ambulance rushed the victim to a local hospital, but he died shortly after arrival.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been contracted to conduct an investigation into the cause of the accident.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says that jobs involving cutting trees were one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States last year, considering their data showed the logging industry had approximately 557 deaths in 2011 alone.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Law Firm believe employers have a responsibility to protect the safety of workers at all times and would like to send their condolences to the family of the victim.