The man is believed to have lost his footing when a limb broke, becoming entangled in the ropes used in tree-trimming.
BENTON, LA (KSLA) -
A man working on a tree-trimming crew died this morning in what appears to have been a tragic accident.
It happened just before 9 Friday morning on Stinson Road and Oak Ridge Drive in Benton. The man was working on a large partially dead oak tree some 50 feet up in the air when a limb broke. Benton Police Chief Charles Pilkerton says the man lost his footing and fell, becoming entangled in the safety harness rope system.
Pilkerton says the man likely died instantly, and that there was nothing anyone could have done to save him. His name has not been released, but Pilkerton says he is believed to be from the Dallas area and his family has been notified.
The man worked for Asplundh, which contracts with government and utility companies in 'vegetation management,' clearing power lines of tree limbs to reduce the risk of power outages. Additional line clearing work is not uncommon this time of year, as utility companies prepare for the possibility of freezing weather and winter storms.
An autopsy will be conducted. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified and is expected to investigate.