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Each Spring, We See a Dramatic Increase in These Work-Related Injuries

As Spring begins to kick into full gear, every year we see a dramatic rise in work-related injuries from tree trimming/pruning accidents.

(from mymotherlode.com)

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office has identified the man who was killed in a tree removal accident in Twain Harte.

21-year-old Jorge Garcia Moctezuma from the state of Washington was working for the company Action Trees, based in Kentucky. His crew was in the area working under a tree removal contract through Trees Inc. and PG&E.

Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Sgt. Andrea Benson says, "Jorge was working on a 100 ft. Ponderosa Tree and had just cut a 20 ft. section from the top. The cut piece came down and swung back and forth causing the tree Jorge was on to break below him.

The tree fell to the ground on Cedar Springs Road taking Jorge and live power lines with it. Emergency personnel arrived and sadly Jorge was deceased. The crew who witnessed this tragic event were very distraught. The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office Chaplin was called and stayed on scene to be with the crew members."

What an absolutely tragic accident. One that will affect the family for the rest of their lives.

It's important that while the family is able to take the time they need to grieve, it's important that there's someone in their corner looking out to ensure that the family will receive the deceased employee's rightful compensation.

If you have been injured while on the job, or doing a job-related activity, you are eligible for workers' compensation. It's imperative that you know your company's policy, but as we've seen far too often, sometimes those polices are filled with exceptions that have been put in to try and keep your employer from being liable.

We fight for you, the worker. You have rights, and it's our priority to make sure you know your rights, and that you are compensated correctly. You've worked too hard not get what you have rightfully earned.

Call Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485 or visit us at Loneylaw.com.

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