Leominster, MA – 26 year old Nick Kallio was ejected from a bucket truck while removing the top from a pine tree. Kallio went up to the top of a damaged pine tree to begin removing the tree. As he cut the top out of the tree, it swung back and hit the boom of the bucket truck and ejected him out of the aerial platform. He was approximately 50 feet in the air and not wearing a safety harness. Kallio hit the ground and was not breathing when coworkers got to him. A neighbor began CPR and got him breathing again before paramedics arrived. He was transported to HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster but died later of his injuries. Kallio was an employee of Affordable Landscaping and Tree Service.
UPDATE 10/7/2016 – Westminster based Affordable Landscaping and Tree Service was fined $12,600 for several workplace violations by OSHA. In the official report OHSA listed several violations of federal safety regulations, including not providing a workplace free from recognized hazards that were likely to cause death or serious physical harm, not requiring a harness when working from a lift truck, and not completing a written workplace hazard assessment before beginning a job. At the time of the accident, Affordable had never been cited for a workplace safety violation by OSHA.