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January 4, 2014

MIOSHA proposes fine for tree trimmer's death

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A separate TCL&P investigation caused the utility to terminate its contract with Trees Inc.

“They never provided us with any evidence that Zach Adams was fully trained to do what he was doing,” Tim Arends, the executive director for TCL&P, said.

The utility’s 60-day investigation also revealed that Trees Inc. employees were using tree spikes on their boots to latch onto trees, a direct violation of their contract, which forbids spikes’ use on trees that aren’t being taken down entirely, Arends said.

Trees Inc. also failed to immediately inform TCL&P of the accident when it happened, Arends said.

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