Tree trimmer's death in fall ruled accidental
Dec. 24, 2017
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The death of a tree trimmer killed in a fall from a bucket truck in downtown Pittsburgh has been ruled accidental.
Police say four Emery Tree Service workers were trimming trees at the time of the accident shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday.
KDKA reports that one man was using a chain saw about 60 feet in the air when the arm of the truck malfunction and fell toward the ground, and the worker was thrown from the bucket by the force of the fall.
The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Sunday that 34-year-old Michael Shiry of Avonmore died of blunt force injuries of the head, trunk and extremities and a sharp-force wound to the abdomen.
KDKA said the accident will be investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.