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Family of man killed in tree cutting sues contractor for $5M

August 8, 2019

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The family of a Massachusetts man who died in a tree cutting accident has filed a $5 million wrongful death lawsuit against the property owner.

Thomas Moszynski, of Easthampton, died in December when a tree he was cutting down on private property in Amherst struck him in the head.

Attorneys for the 38-year-old Moszynski’s father say Joseph Aimua should’ve hired an arborist because logging is known to be extremely dangerous.

Moszynski was working for an excavating company that took on the tree cutting in addition to other work at the property.

Aimua hasn’t filed a response in court and didn’t return messages Tuesday and Wednesday.

A motion seeking to restrict the transfer of Aimua’s assets is scheduled for Friday.

Federal authorities fined Aimua nearly $4,000 for not following proper tree removal procedures.

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