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Tree-removal worker dies at NJ nudist club

1:40 pm - 04/26/2012
'Worker hit by falling limb as he was removing tree from the club, authorities say'


A tree removal worker was killed after he was hit by a 4-foot falling limb at a nudist club in New Jersey.

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Authorities say a tree-removal worker died after he was hit by a falling 4-foot limb at a nudist club in northern New Jersey.

Workers from Tamke Tree Experts were removing a large tree from the Sky Farm nudist club in Bernards Township on Wednesday.

Police Capt. Edward Byrnes tells The Courier News of Bridgewater (http://mycj.co/JX8QIu ) the limb, which weighed an estimated 40 pounds, fell about 70 feet, striking the worker.

The worker was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld until relatives are notified.

Byrnes says the worker was wearing a hard hat and safety gear.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

Source at NYDailyNews.

I couldn't not post this when I found it.
crysania4 26th-Apr-2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
It would be wrong of me to ask if he were ONLY wearing a hard hat and safety gear, wouldn't it?
carmy_w 26th-Apr-2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Shame on me, but the possibilities for puns, etc., are endless.
mingemonster 26th-Apr-2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
RIP :(
clevermanka 26th-Apr-2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh my god. That poor man.

Next time my partner wants to cut down one of the dead trees on our property, armed with only a chainsaw and a friend, I am so pulling out this story.
carmy_w 26th-Apr-2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
I feel sorry for him and his family, definitely.
And you are right-and at least your partner does it with a friend around!


But the snickers are building, also, as crysania4 said upthread....
clevermanka 26th-Apr-2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
Gallows Humor 'r' Us.
carmy_w 26th-Apr-2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Yes. D:
fenris_lorsrai 26th-Apr-2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
anecdote time! when I was in high school I come home one day and find a half cut up tree in the yard and the chainsaw just lying there. Come inside, the sink is COVERED in blood. My father is nowhere to be found.
Call Mom: "where's dad? the car's gone and there's blood all over the sink..."
"he isn't home yet? He cut himself with the chainsaw about 10AM. he stopped by work to get the new insurance card from me."
a little phone tag and it turns out he's STILL sitting in the emergency room at hospital. There'd been a multicar pileup, so they had just stopped bleeding on him and got to him much later.

He'd bounced the saw off a knot in wood and lost his grip. He'd dragged the bar and chain across back of hand. (the chain was stopped, fortunately) He had to go to physical therapy a couple times to stretch the tendons back out after that.

He was not allowed to use the chainsaw home alone after that. He also bought a pair of PROPER chainsaw gloves, the pants, and the faceguard he should have had first time.
carmy_w 26th-Apr-2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
And this reminds me of my brother-working on....his tractor (?) one day, and nearly cut off his thumb.
He was home alone-made it back into the house, and made the mistake of noticing all the blood. My dad happened to drop by and found him, kneeling on the floor and stopping himself from passing out cold by sheer willpower, with his hand stuck up and over the edge of the sink, so he wouldn't bleed all over the floor.
It wasn't as bad as it looked thankfully; he still has full use of his hand.

Tearing up your hands is the worst-I honestly think I'd rather break a bone in my arms/legs than dislocate a finger again. It's still not straight, probably never will be.
quizzicalsphinx 26th-Apr-2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
More anecdote time! One day while husband was at work, I got a call from his older sister, saying, "Tell your husband that we're taking Dad to ER. Oh, he's fine, a tree fell on him." My father-in-law was at this time 88 years old (and literally chopped a load of wood on the day he died, two years later, from non-tree-related causes). He was cutting down trees for a neighbor when the whole thing collapsed and pinned him to the ground. Neighbors rolled the tree off him and father-in-law limped back to his truck, cursing, drove home, and was perfectly prepared to sleep it off until his daughter found out and insisted on taking him to the doctor. He'd broken his leg, ankle, and two toes. Basically my father-in-law was a honey badger.


To this day, "it's fine, a tree fell on me" is our way of saying "I feel like shit and don't want to talk about it."

chaya 26th-Apr-2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
Honey badger is right.
carmy_w 26th-Apr-2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of my husband's stories about his grand-dad. He was nearly 90 when he died, and if I recall correctly, that was when DH was around 14 or so.
A few years prior to that, he had been out putting up hay (baling the hay, setting it up on the trailer, then taking it to the barn & putting it in the barn-none of these big round bales, thankyouverymuch) with a half dozen or so friends & family helping, when the load toppled with him underneath it. They dug him out from under the pile, and he helped them re-stack the load, put it up, then they all sat down to supper & he went to bed.

He couldn't get out of bed the next morning. Turned out he had broken his leg.

His wife told the doctor not to release him from the hospital till that cast came off, because she KNEW he would NOT leave the cast on, and would NOT let it heal, and WOULD keep working. And that's just what the doc did. He stayed in the hospital for the better part of a month, probably terrorizing the nurses the whole time....
alryssa 26th-Apr-2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Whoa.

And that is a pretty awesome phrase tbh. I like it.
doverz 26th-Apr-2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
Learned this in one of my social work classes: when people get older, they have less sensitivity to touch and pain, so if they break stuff, they won't necessarily notice it. My professor was talking about how her father-in-law clearly broke his ankle, and the bone was sticking out if I remember correctly, but he was still walking on it.
tabaqui 26th-Apr-2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
My mom tripped and fell and then went on a visit to my sister, came home two weeks later and was still *massively* bruised and found out she'd broken her shoulder. Yeah.
tabaqui 26th-Apr-2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Sounds like my SO's dad. He was cutting wood and the chainsaw hit something - probably a knot - and bounced back into his face. He put his hand up in time to stop it and, of course, slashed his hand. Also slashed his leg open with an axe cutting wood.

When my SO jumped on the couch and caught his head on a nail in the wall and was bleeding all over, he was going to stitch him up on the kitchen floor until Mom intervened, heh.
ook 26th-Apr-2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
The day after Hurricane Ike we went to the emergency room and there was a depressed-looking man with his arm bandaged who came in. The nurse asked him what the problem was and all he said was "chainsaw accident" and she nodded and handed him a clipboard. :/

Edited at 2012-09-24 07:16 pm (UTC)
thremma 27th-Apr-2012 12:50 am (UTC)
And it doesn't even have to be a chainsaw for the right person; I got a phone call from my husband a couple springs ago. He was cutting tomato stakes for his brother's garden with a hacksaw and "sawed his hand a little bit".
He said it was bleeding a little and wouldn't stop and his brother was bugging him to go the the ER and wouldn't I tell him it was ok to just slap a bandaid on it. He wasn't terribly happy when I decidedly came down on his brother's side and made him go. And get the stitches the doctors said were needed once he got there.
sentinelsoul 27th-Apr-2012 10:22 am (UTC)
Several years ago we were having trouble getting a satellite signal due to tree limbs. My uncle was living with us at the time, so he climbed up the tree to the problem branches. He and my dad decided that they couldn't get the chainsaw up there-- they tried-- so my dad tied a rope to a handsaw and SWUNG THE HANDSAW up to his brother. This wasn't a few feet, either, this was about thirty to forty feet off the ground. And my uncle was actually trying to catch it, not let it snag on a branch. *facepalm*

Amazingly, no one got hurt. How those two survived childhood I'll never know.
laja_89 26th-Apr-2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
Work-related deaths are fairly common. Accidents happen, but this was probably preventable. Still sad, thoughts to the family.
evilgmbethy 26th-Apr-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
it has totally been my biggest nightmare since I got my first job that I would die at work. That I'd lie there, dying, thinking to myself, "my last moments on earth are at this fucking job."

this poor guy. :/
thecityofdis 26th-Apr-2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
ot but i was driving to work this morning and one of the lanes was closed due to TREE SURGERY. it made me think of you, OP, and no one would understand why i was snickering to myself in my car.
chaya 26th-Apr-2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Lolol <3
thecityofdis 26th-Apr-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
omg don't make fun of me
chaya 27th-Apr-2012 12:45 am (UTC)
I'm not! I am amused and tickled by your story. (you think of meeeeee)
wrestlingdog 26th-Apr-2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
NGL, after the day I've been having (I have cramps, a sore throat, and finals/a concert coming up) I needed a tree surgery story. Thank you.
chaya 27th-Apr-2012 12:54 am (UTC)
gloraelin 27th-Apr-2012 02:37 am (UTC)
tag suggestion for this post: puttin' the ONTD in ONTD_P

because really
chaya 27th-Apr-2012 02:48 am (UTC)
Agreed.
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