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Update: Tree Faller Hurt In Tuolumne County

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Update at 6 p.m.: A Phillips and Jordan Tree Service spokesperson has updated that the victim in the tree accident was not a local resident, but a man from Texas. She adds that his name is not being released out of respect for the individual. Further details on the incident can be viewed below.

Original post at 4:30 p.m.: Crystal Falls, CA – PG&E has confirmed to Clarke Broadcasting that a tree faller was injured in an industrial accident in Crystal Falls yesterday afternoon.

The contract employee, with Phillips and Jordan Tree Service out of Knoxville, Tennessee, was working on cutting down a tree on Crystal Falls Drive West when he was injured. PG&E spokesperson Brandi Merlo details how the man was injured, “The crew was working on our bark beetle dead tree removal and he was involved in an accident. He was taken to the hospital and since released.” She did not have any information regarding the worker or whether he was from the area or not.

Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office indicates that the call came in around 1:30 p.m. and a 28-year-old male was transported by mediflight to a Modesto hospital. Officials from Phillips and Jordan confirmed that he was flown from the scene as a precautionary measure adding that an internal investigation into the incident and to evaluate safety measures in ongoing.

Merlo adds, “We have a robust safety program and we are thankful this gentleman seems to be okay.”

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