Connecticut Worker Dies After Falling from Tree in Hurricane Sandy Cleanup-Related Accident


1356205_57645284.jpgA Connecticut man died after falling from a tree in early November. He was working on a cleanup job after Hurricane Sandy, which caused extensive damage to many parts of Connecticut and the surrounding region. The government is investigating the accident, and both government and health care sources have issued warnings regarding the risk of injury during post-disaster cleanups.

Hurricane Sandy, commonly known as Superstorm Sandy, made landfall on the east coast of the United States on October 29, 2012. It caused extensive damage in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and other surrounding states. More than one hundred people lost their lives as a direct result of the storm, and more than eight million people were left without power and other utilities. The death toll in Connecticut stood at three as of early November, and 625,000 people suffered power outages.

The storm continued to cause injury and even death long after it dissipated, including the death of a 53 year-old worker in Middlebury, Connecticut on November 4. The man was reportedly working on a cleanup job for a local landscaping company. Police arrived at the scene at about 10:31 a.m. after receiving multiple reports of a man falling from a tree. The man had been cutting a pine tree when he became entangled in part of the tree as it fell. He fell about forty feet and suffered broken bones and head trauma. Responders rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.