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NM: Tree Trimmer Avoids Electrocution

January 9, 2013 Leave a comment


The tree trimmer involved in two serious accidents on the job in six months told KFOX14 he doesn’t plan to quit his job any time soon and plans to return to work as soon as Thursday.

“I feel lucky because I should be dead or something like that a couple times over,” Craig Benavidez said. “It’s a good thing to be alive.”

Benavidez, 52, was shocked by a power line Monday while he was trimming branches for an O’Donnell Drive home.

Benavidez was lowered to safety by a rescue team with the Las Cruces Fire Department after dangling from a tree about 30 feet above ground.  Benavidez was flown to University Medical Center in El Paso in critical condition, but Wednesday he told KFOX14 his injuries are minimal.  “I have scratches on my head and some electrical blowouts from my feet,” Benavidez said.   Benavidez said he has no memory of the incident or how it happened.  “Waking up in the hospital, that’s all I remember,” Benavidez said.  Monday’s incident was the second major accident on the job Craig has been involved with in the past six months.

In July, Benavidez was attacked by a swarm of Africanized bees.  During his 32-year career as a tree trimmer, Benavidez said he’s had some other minor accidents but nothing like he’s endured recently.   “I just have to look a little bit closer and be a little more careful. A lot more careful,” Benavidez said.  When asked why he planned to get back to work as a tree trimmer, Benavidez told KFOX14 he couldn’t imagine earning his living any other way.

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INDIA: Electrocution from Tree Trimming

November 27, 2012 Leave a comment

MARGAO, INDIA: A lineman with the electricity department, Krishna Madhu Velip, 35, was electrocuted after coming into contact with a live high tension wire at Costi, Kalay, on Tuesday morning. Velip was a resident of Barcem, Quepem.

Police sources said that Velip had climbed a ladder to cut some tree branches that were over electricity lines. The cutting instrument in his hand accidentally touched the live line leading to his electrocution. Police have booked an offence against a junior engineer (JE) and senior lineman under Section 304-A of the IPC.

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NH: Crane Electrocution

Newbury, NH: Fire officials say a tree service worker in Newbury, N.H., was electrocuted when a nearby crane came into contact with a high-voltage electric line.

Newbury Fire Chief Henry Thomas Jr. tells WMUR-TV the worker was standing with his hand on a wood chipper 20 feet from the crane when it touched a power line near the intersection of Route 103 and Sutton Road on Wednesday afternoon.

Thomas said electricity traveled down the crane, through the ground and into the wood chipper.

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TX Tree Trimmer Electrocuted

FORT WORTH, TX – A tree trimmer in Fort Worth was killed Monday morning.

The man was apparently working at a home on Warren Lane when he was electrocuted.

Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Tim Hardeman said when rescuers arrived they, “Found a male who appears to be deceased, in a tree. Apparently he was trimming trees at a residence here and came in contact with some power lines.”

Though fire department personnel were on the scene in minutes they couldn’t immediately get up in the tree to the body of Jose Murcia of Arlington.

“Nothing we can do until they cut the power, at this time,” Hardeman said. “So, they are on scene and we should be able to get him down here shortly.”

The 31-year-old victim had a co-worker with him at the time of the accident. The co-worker was the individual who placed the 911 call.

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PA Tree Trimmer Electrocuted

EDGEWORTH, PA – The owner of a tree service died Wednesday afternoon, apparently from electrocution, after he touched a power line on a job in Edgeworth.

Police Chief John English said the victim, Chester Sipes, of DLS Tree Service, caught fire in his truck’s raised bucket on Chestnut Road.

“From what we can see, we believe his back hit a very powerful line. I witnessed it as I was coming up the road,” English said. “We tried to get him out. The truck was dead because it didn’t appear as if it was grounded, so we were having a difficult time getting it down.”

Sky 4 flew over the scene, as paramedics worked hard on the man in the yard of a house across the street from Edgeworth Elementary School. The bucket truck was parked a few feet away, with yellow tape surrounding it.

SLIDESHOW:  Images from the accident scene

Sipes, 47, of Aliquippa, was loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher and taken to Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

Quaker Valley School District Superintendent Joseph Clapper said some students in a fourth-grade classroom, as well as bus drivers, witnessed the incident from Edgeworth Elementary. It also caused lights to flicker in the school.

Clapper said kindergarten students were being dismissed at the time, but it was not immediately clear if any of them saw what happened.

Allegheny County homicide detectives are investigating the man’s death.

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Landscaper Electrocuted in Bermuda

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Prembroke, Bermuda – In a tragic start to the Christmas holiday, an 18-year-old Pembroke, Kevin Ledo, man died this afternoon [Dec.24] after receiving an electrical shock.

The police have now confirmed the death of the 18-year-old landscape worker following an accident at 11.45am today at a Smiths Avenue, Warwick residence. Police said there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances, however an autopsy is anticipated.

Police confirm that he was working as a landscaper when he received an electrical shock. He was rushed to hospital via ambulance, where he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.

The Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service, the Police and an ambulance all responded immediately after the accident. Police secured the scene, with crime scene tape surrounding a ladder and a hedge.

A police spokesperson said, “Around 11:45am on Saturday, December 24th police responded to a reported industrial accident at a Smiths Avenue, Warwick residence. It appears that a landscaper was carrying out work on the property when he received an electrical shock.

“On police arrival EMTs were already at the scene performing CPR on the victim, an 18 year old Pembroke man. The victim was then taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, where he was subsequently pronounced dead at 1:20pm by an on call physician.

“There does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances; however an autopsy is anticipated and inquiries are ongoing. No further information will be released until the next of kin have been notified,” concluded the police spokesperson.

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Note from blogger:  The picture below is from Bernews.  The picture shows a conductive ladder with long-handeled trimmer at it’s base and power lines above.  The minimum clearance from the power lines should be 10′. with any tools.

Man Electrocuted Cutting Down Trees

January 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Northern Territory, Australia –  Police say it seems the electrocution of a man in Darwin’s rural area yesterday was a tragic accident.

The 66 year-old man was cutting down trees in Thornbill Crescent in Howard Springs.

Duty Superintendent Bob Rennie says some branches fell across nearby power lines.

“He attempted to clear the trees by climbing a ladder but tragically it appears the ladder sank into the wet ground and earthed, killing this poor gentleman,” Supt Rennie said.

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2 Men Electrocuted Pruning Trees in Philippines

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines –Two men were electrocuted while pruning trees inside a subdivision in Angeles City on Monday, police said.

Daniel Dolnuan died instantly after the steel boom crane of the Isuzu Elf truck he was driving hit a high voltage wire at 1 p.m., said Chief Inspector Ronald Lorenzo, commander of the Angeles police’s Station 5.

Dolnuan’s companion, identified only as Lucas, tried to pull him out of the truck but he, too, was electrocuted.

The victims were residents of Barangay (village) Anunas, also in Angeles City. Lorenzo said they were hired by the homeowners’ association to trim the trees in the village.

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PA Company Faces OSHA Fines for Electrical Safety Violations and Worker Death

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment

HANOVER TOWNSHP,  — A Hanover Township business has been cited with a dozen safety violations after a worker was electrocuted at a work site earlier this year.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Richard Kaposy, who was doing business as Treeman Landscaping, 4695 Route 151, Box 74.  (for official release by OSHA on this event, click here)

Kaposy was cited with two willful, seven serious and three “other-than-serious” violations.

Frank Librich, assistant area director for OSHA in Pittsburgh, said Kaposy also does business as Country Boyz Cutting City Trees, based in Washington, Pa.

He said the company was working in Bethel Park on April 21, taking down a tree, when one of Kaposy’s employees, Eric Arnold, 30, of Langeloth, cut a tree limb that came in contact with a 13,200-volt power line. Arnold was killed when his chain saw touched the branch.  

The two willful violations issued to the company were for failing to provide workers protective equipment while cutting in and below trees and for failing to ensure an unqualified worker did not work in proximity to an energized electrical line, according to OSHA’s citations. A willful violation is committed with intention, indifference or voluntary disregard for the law and worker safety.

Librich said Kaposy was cited Oct. 19 after the investigation and faces penalties totaling $119,700. The company has 15 business days, or until Nov. 9, to ask for an informal conference or to contest the citations. Otherwise, it becomes a final order of OSHA’s review commission.  

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Man in Michigan Receives Fatal Shock While Tree Trimming

October 27, 2010 1 comment

BOWNE TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN – Kent County deputies say a worker for a tree trimming service was electrocuted Wednesday near Alto. The accident happened around 7:30 p.m. in the 7900 block of Timpson Ave. SE, near 84th Street in Bowne Township. The man worked for an out-of-state tree service, say deputies. They say he was clearing tree limbs and brush from the property when he grabbed a live electrical wire. Investigators are having difficulty identifying the victim because he works for the out-of-state company, but they say he is a man in his 30’s

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