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Man trapped while trimming tree

A South Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, man had to be rescued from a tree August 1, 2010, after his hand became lodged between the tree and a fallen limb. The unidentified man was trimming branches near the top of a tree at his home when one of the limbs fell, trapping his hand between it and a V-shaped portion of the tree. The limb that fell was approximately 6 inches in diameter. Firefighters used aerial ladders on two trucks to reach the man. The victim was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Trimmer injured in a fall

A tree trimmer was seriously injured in a fall on the job in Rowlett, Texas, August 2, 2010. The worker reportedly had fallen at least 20 feet. Emergency workers reportedly performed CPR on the victim and moved him to a nearby school parking lot so a helicopter air ambulance could land and retrieve him. The extent of his injuries was unknown, according to FOX 4 News.

Tree service worker dies after fall

A tree service worker died August 3, 2010, from injuries suffered after falling 35 feet from a tree he was trimming at a residence in River Edge, New Jersey.

Police found Baltazar Santana, 48, of Newark, who worked for a local tree care company, lying on the ground and not breathing. Two officers were able to open an airway in Santana’s neck until an ambulance arrived. Santana was taken to Hackensack Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to The Record.

Trimmer stung by bee swarm

A man was stung as many as 150 times by Africanized honeybees August 7, 2010, in Safety Harbor, Florida. Ralph St. Peter and co-worker Michael Foster, who swatted the bees off St. Peter with his bare hands and also was stung, were taken to a local hospital. Doctors kept St. Peter overnight before releasing him.

St. Peter, 44, of Weeki Wachee, Fla., who claimed he has been around trees for 30 years and that he is a certified arborist, has his own tree care company and contracts out to others, which is what he was doing when the bees came out of one of the dead oaks he was removing. The owner had apparently told him there was a nest of honeybees. He told the St. Petersburg Times he thought there were only 200 or so domestic bees, not 50,000 Africanized ones

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