“Jeremy” (not a real person) had been excited to land the job at the tree service company. After almost five years of pretty steady work in landscaping, 2016 had brought four straight months of unemployment. Though he’d paid the rent and kept food on the table with financial support from family members, Jeremy had been running out of options to help provide for his 18-month-old daughter and her mother.
The tree service had wanted him to start right away. Jeremy knew that tree service work was not the same thing as landscaping work. Would there be any training? No, they told him. The job was straightforward, they said, and he was used to working outdoors. He would learn as he went. No problem.
The day’s first two jobs had been routine and uneventful. The third, however, was a taller order: removing a thick, overgrown tangle of young trees from the neglected property of a deceased person. Jeremy and his colleagues proceeded to the job site with an arsenal of clippers and saws, as well as their biggest tool, the trailer-mounted wood chipper.
Jeremy had never used a wood chipper before, but its operation seemed simple. Pick up the debris and throw it into the machine’s gaping maw. Work went quickly. Then, about twenty minutes into the job, a branch snagged on Jeremy’s coveralls as the high torque motor pulled it into the blades. Jeremy was pulled in behind it. He sustained massive injuries and blood loss; an autopsy found that he was probably dead less than a minute later. He was 24 years old.
Jeremy’s surviving family was advised by attorneys that his employer had failed to provide him with required safety and operations training. They had ample grounds for a case against the tree service company. It would likely take months to reach a fair settlement out of court, though, and the financial pressures were mounting.
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