Arborist thrown from platform

A man died last week after falling from a truck mounted platform/bucket truck, while trimming trees in Colonial Heights, Virginia - South of Richmond, USA.

The man, Charles Sloan, 47, was the owner and operator of Tip Top Tree Service and was trimming a large tree at a private residence last Thursday April 4th. He was working at a height of around 15 to 17 metres and seems to have been using the unapproved technique of tying the tree limb to the platform and then cutting it free, thus preventing it falling to the ground by catching it with the lift.

However, in this case when the rope tightened, the dynamic load broke it, causing a whiplash effect on the boom and platform, catapulting the man out of the platform. Clearly he was not wearing an attached harness at the time.

Sloan was declared dead at the scene. OSHA was notified and has launched an investigation.

You can see a local news report below:

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A tribute was posted to his memory which included the following words: ”Charles ‘Chucky Bill’ Sloan, Jr., age 47, passed away tragically in a work-related accident. He is survived by his wife, Talina Michelle Sloan, he is also the father of Peyton and Shae Sloan, and stepsons, Jacob, Justin and Jonathan Leitch. Sloan was loved by many who knew him and made an impact on their lives, including his Benny’s Tavern poker family, who were very special to him. He would do anything for others in a heartbeat. He will be greatly missed.”
Charles Sloan