Tree service worker dies of electrocution in Mount Morris

UPDATE 8/20/19 – 84-year-old Ken Murtha as been charged with second-degree manslaughter by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in connection with Cecil Beardslee-West’s death.

Murtha owned Ken’s Tree Service for more than 50 years and recently retired. His attorney entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.

Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty said that deputies spent three months investigating the incident. They allege that Beardslee-West was holding onto a metal chain attached to a crane that was moving logs.

Murtha was operating the crane, according to deputies. Beardslee-West, who had only worked for the business for a week, was put in danger because Murtha did not follow proper safety protocols, according to the sheriff.

They say Murtha did not have a license to operate the crane and had previously failed the practical portion of the exam.

Murtha is expected back in Mount Morris Town Court next week.

Mt Morris, NY – 21-year-old Cecil Beardslee-West was electrocuted while moving logs at Mount Morris home.

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty announced on Wednesday that Beardslee-West was working for a tree removal service at the residence. He was holding onto a chain attached to a crane that was moving logs from the back yard to the front yard near the edge of the roadway.

As Beardslee-West held onto the metal chain, it made contact with an overhead power line, electrocuting him on the spot. Dougherty said emergency responders were unable to resuscitate him. 

For more information; https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2019/05/22/cecil-beardslee-west-tree-removal-worker-electrocuted-mt-morris-ny-livingston-county/3767769002/

https://www.whec.com/news/deputies-death-of-tree-service-worker-caused-by-electrocution/5363070/

https://www.thelcn.com/lcn01/update-authorities-identify-mount-morris-electrocution-victim-20190521

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