59-year-old tree trimmer in boom bucket falls 40 feet to his death in Harrington Monday morning

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“The victim was transported to the Sussex Bayhealth Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.,” said police spokeswoman Melissa Jaffe.

HARRINGTON (DE): A 59-year-old man fell 40 feet to his death from a boom bucket Monday morning police say.

The man, who not identified, was working from a boom bucket cutting tree branches in the 12000 block of Pin Oak Lane in Harrington when the accident occurred.

When Troopers arrived at the accident scene just before 12:30 p.m. Monday, Paramedics were attending to the injured man.

“The victim was transported to the Sussex Bayhealth Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.,” said police spokeswoman Melissa Jaffe. “The victim was turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.”

Police said that a further investigation revealed that the victim was cutting down a tree branch when the branch snapped and struck the boom lift in which the victim was standing in.  The victim fell out of the bucket and approximately 40 feet to the ground.

His name is being withheld at this time., Jaffe said.

Arboriculture happens to be among the most dangerous legal jobs in America. Certain types of mining and timber harvesting are probably still more dangerous.

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