Tree climber injured after palm tree uproots with him in it

San Diego, CA – An unidentified tree climber, who was in his 30s, was injured Thursday morning while working inside the lobby of a San Diego Hotel.

The accident occurred a little before 11 AM while workers were removing caryota palm trees. According to Joe Jaha, a supervisor with Arbor West Tree Surgeons, the climber was 30 – 40 feet up a palm tree when “Unexpectedly, the tree uprooted, and he went down with the tree.”

Jaha stated, “We inspected the trees before we started. They looked healthy, just shallow-rooted. … He didn’t fall out of the tree, he fell with the tree.”

Medics took the man to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

The climber sustained a broken leg, broken arm and cuts to his face, according to Luke Brown, a spokesman for the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He was treated and released by 4 PM.

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