Accident Briefs for April 2022

Climber found dead in tree

A tree trimmer was found unresponsive and hanging from his harness in a tree April 9, 2022, in Los Angeles, California.

Police found David Cerigioni, 70, hanging upside down about 50 feet in the air. Firefighters used a ladder truck to reach Cerigioni and get him down, but unfortunately, he had passed away.

Cerigioni was apparently trimming a tree around utility cables, including a power line, but it was unclear if he or one of his tools came in contact with the power line. There was a slight trauma to his lower-left leg, according to first responders. Investigators were waiting for an autopsy to determine exactly how he had died.

Cerigioni’s daughter, Heather, said her father had worked in the field for 50 years. His daughter said Cerigioni was an independent contractor who wasn’t working full time, but had been contacted by a local tree service that brought him in as an extra tree trimmer for the day to help fill out a crew. She said Cerigioni had several loyal clients – one of which was the former Van Halen Estate, where he was working at the time of the accident, according to a CBS Studio City Broadcast Center report.

Lift operator hurt one-handing his saw

An aerial-lift operator trimming palms was injured April 18, 2022, in Southern California, when his chain saw kicked back, cutting his left forearm.

The man, 30, was able to descend on his own to the ground, where co-workers applied a tourniquet and a bandage to the laceration and drove the victim to the hospital. Examination revealed that he had nicked a tendon, and he had to be hospitalized and undergo surgery.

Circumstances of the incident suggest the victim did not have two hands on the saw, according to a source who wished to remain anonymous.

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