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A Gardener Dies When He Falls Out of a Tree While Trimming the Branches
California Case Report: 10CA006
A self-employed gardener died when he fell 20 feet out of a pine tree while trimming the branches. The victim was hired by a homeowner to do routine yard maintenance and asked him to trim the pine tree in the front yard. The victim asked another self-employed gardener to assist him with this job. The victim climbed the pine tree without wearing any fall protection. The co-worker went to the back of the house to perform other duties and when he returned to the front of the house, he found the victim at the base of the tree. No one witnessed the incident.