Concord, CA – Jeremy Booth is fighting for his life after an accident involving a wood chipper. Booth was part of a three man crew taking down a tree as a contractor hired by the city of Concord. The crew was using a rope to lower the limbs out of the tree. Booth was the man on the ground feeding the chipper when he became tangled up in a rope being pulled into the machine. A crew member was able to shut the chipper off but Booth had a rope wrapped around his neck and he lost oxygen. Witnesses say it was an awful situation, and they won’t forget the screams from one of the workers who was up in the tree. He was transported to Queen Valley Hospital and is in critical condition.
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Ghana’s work to promote the legal timber trade in partnership with the European Union (EU) places a strong emphasis on involving local communities who live in or near forests. Yet farmers and communities do not always understand their rights, which means that illegal activity by loggers has gone unchecked in Ghana’s off-reserve forests. The FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme supported a non-profit association, Sustainable Forest Management Partnership-Ghana, to increase awareness among farmers of their right to negotiate compensation when logging damages crops on their land. The project successfully fostered understanding among farmers and local communities of their entitlements, and also helped loggers better grasp their own responsibilities under the law. The project contributed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by improving local livelihoods and strengthening forest governance by increasing transparency.
Verbank, NY – 38 year old Zane A. Grey died while felling trees in Union Vale. Grey was felling trees, clearing a vacant lot, when a tree struck him and pinned him underneath. First responders immediately attempted to remove the victim from underneath the tree and started life saving measures after he lost consciousness. Grey was taken to MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie where he later died of his injuries.
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Orlando, FL – A 29 year old man was injured when the lift he was using overturned. The man was working for Brightview Landscape Development and using a lightweight, three wheeled self-propelled fruit picking platform. The lift appeared to have driven off a bank and caused the machine to tip over. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
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Sammamish, WA – A driver hit two men who were part of a logging crew clearing trees for a new housing development in Duvall. The men who were wearing vests and helmets, were standing on the shoulder of the road doing a pre-work safety check when they were hit. They were carrying stop signs at the time, but were not yet using them. One man was hit in the leg and suffered only minor injuries. The other worker suffered a broken arm and internal injuries. He was transported to Harborview Hospital.
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Windsor, CT – 33 year old Shawn Varley died after a large tree limb hit him in the head during a work-related accident. Police stated that Varley was working on behalf of J&J Lumber Corp. of Dover Plains, NY. OSHA is investigating the incident.
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Hanover, PA – 52 year old Paul Hoffnagle died while using a chainsaw on his property in York County. Reports state that Hoffnagle lost control of the chainsaw he was using and it caused multiple injuries to his upper body. Police stated that, “It was pretty traumatic to the point where he wasn’t able to go anywhere to get help”. The official cause of death is multiple sharp force trauma.
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