Tree trimmer dies in accident at Stanford housing complex

Palo Alto, CA – 36-year-old Jesus Silva Romero died in a tree cutting accident at a Stanford University housing complex in Palo Alto on Saturday afternoon. According to an incident report, Romero was found laying on the ground next to a tree roughly 30 feet tall. Prior to the accident, he was cutting limbs on the tree with a chainsaw.

Romero was pronounced dead at the scene.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the work-related accident that turned fatal, Cal/OSHA spokesman Luke Brown said. Romero was employed by Arborwell Inc., a tree trimming and maintenance company based out of Hayward.

Cal/OSHA investigators were on scene Saturday looking into the circumstances surrounding the accident. The investigation is expected to take about six months to determine if there were any workplace safety code violations, Brown said.

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