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.

For more information; https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-23/tree-falls-on-guest-at-la-jolla-hotel

https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/san-diego-news/tree-trimmer-injured-at-university-city-hotel

https://timesofsandiego.com/crime/2020/01/23/person-seriously-hurt-by-falling-tree-in-university-city/

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