Company Fined $92,000 for Tree Trimmer’s Death
A Real Estate investment firm is being fined in connection with a tree-trimming incident that took the life of a landscaping employee last November. Joshua Pudsey, 42 years old, was employed by Three Frogs Inc at the time of the incident. On November 12, 2013, he was working at a house in the 4400 block of Date Avenue in La Mesa, when a section of a 60-foot-tall eucalyptus tree he was helping to remove fell on him and killed him. According to CBS News Channel Eight, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) just issued citations and proposed penalties of almost $92,000 to the real estate investment firm involved.
The Three Frogs company apparently purchases and renovates properties. The Cal/OSHA investigation found that neither the victim nor any other construction laborers employed by Three Frogs had experience or the necessary training to safely remove trees that large. Furthermore, they also found that nobody was provided eye protection, training or safety harnesses for the 80-foot aerial lift they were using to remove the large tree.
Providing a Safe Workplace
One of the labor laws that Tree Frogs was found to be in violation of was the use of a qualified tree-trimmer for removal of trees taller than 15 feet. Since the removal of large trees is a dangerous task by unskilled, untrained and inexperienced workers, this safety regulation was put in place to protect employees. Last year, the labor commissioner ordered Three Frogs to halt operations after learning that they failed to provide workers’ compensation coverage to employees. This means that employees were essentially on their own if they were injured on the job site, which was obviously a highly likely scenario given their business practices.
When businesses and employers don’t take the appropriate and lawful measures to keep their workers safe, people can get hurt or killed. If you have lost a loved one due to an employer’s negligence, contact an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Surviving family members are often left with expensive medical bills, funeral costs and the pain and suffering that accompanies the loss of a loved one. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Joshua Pudsey.