Tree trimmer killed while working in Laguna Hills
A tree trimmer who was apparently injured by falling branches while working in Laguna Hills died on Tuesday, June 4.
A resident spotted a man who appeared to be injured in a tree near 25481 Barents, and called authorities at 4:31 p.m., Orange County Fire Authority Captain Tony Bommarito said. Responding paramedics found one man trapped by heavy limbs in a eucalyptus tree and hanging unconscious from a harness.
The tree trimmer appeared to have been seriously hurt when at least one large branch fell on his head or neck, Bommarito said. He may have died before an ambulance could arrive. A crane was needed to remove the branches trapping the man so that firefighters could bring him down from the tree, officials said in a Tweet at 6:01 p.m.
The man’s identity was not immediately released. He did not appear to be a city employee, and may have been working for either himself or a private company, Bommarito said.