ACCIDENT CLAIMS TREE TRIMMER CARLOS AMEZCUA
New information shows he was wearing safety harness
Note: This story has been updated to reflect recently-obtained information that Brother Carlos Amezcua was wearing a safety harness at the time of his fatal accident.
Carlos Amezcua, a line clearance tree trimmer foreman with Davey Tree, died in an on-the-job accident Sept. 28.
Amezcua was part of a two-man bucket crew working on Cortez Road in Pebble Beach, CA. The power lines were running alongside the property where the work was being done.
Around 10:30 AM, Brother Amezcua, 46, was operating the bucket approximately 35 feet in the air. He was performing work on the corner of the property, and reaching to make the cut when all of a sudden the bucket tilted and ejected him to the ground. Contrary to an earlier report, he apparently was wearing the safety harness.
Shortly after the incident and the ambulance arrived, Brother Amezcua died from his injuries.
OSHA arrived shortly after the accident to begin its investigation. The bucket truck was taken to the Davey Tree Livermore offices and placed under quarantine.
“Carlos was a very hard worker, always had a good attitude, and was well liked,” said Local 1245 Business Representative Junior Ornelas. “Carlos was a model union member. He will surely be missed.”
Brother Amezcua started his career with Arbor Tree in April 1996, and began work with Davey Tree in 2004. A 15-year union member, he was married with 3 children. Funeral arrangements are pending.