Rowley, MA – 34-year-old David Bova died after he fell from a tree in Rowley. According to a statement from the Essex County district attorney’s office, Bova was 50 feet up a tree preparing to remove a branch when he suddenly fell. He was working with a crew from Mayer Tree Service in the rain at around 8 AM when he fell.
Emergency personnel rushed to the scene and immediately began CPR. They could be heard saying that Bova suffered a severe head injury. He was taken to Anna Jaques Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The incident is currently under investigation and there is no confirmed reason for why Bova fell but some early reports state that Bova’s climbing harness failed and was the cause of the fall.
The local office of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified Thursday morning and has begun an inspection. Such inspections can take up to six months.
According to Methuen police department, this is not the first time Bova has fallen out of a tree. In October 2010, Bova fell 40 or 50 feet from a 60-foot pine at 180 Jackson St. in Methuen and was airlifted to a Boston area hospital by medical helicopter.
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