Lakewood, Washington – Worker Dies After Getting Struck and Pinned by Felled Tree
Posted on Sunday, August 18th, 2019 at 8:36 pm
Lakewood, Washington (August 17, 2019) – A tree service worker was killed at the 11300 block of Tower Road Southwest on Saturday afternoon in an accident. The worker, identified as Robin Ruel Jr., was struck by a severed section of a tree and was pinned in place. He was pronounced dead on the scene, with fire crews later bringing his body down to ground level.
According to the report, Ruel Jr. was working fifty feet up a ninety-foot tree, with the top half of the tree attached to a crane. While he severed the upper forty-foot section of the tree, this section swung back against him and pinned him against the section of the tree on which he was standing. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office is determining the cause of death.
About Crush Injuries
We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loves ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only fatal case of an accident involving a falling object. Accidents that involve objects falling on the victim result in what is called “crush” injuries. According to the Arrive Alive website, crush injuries can occur in any car accident, falls or a situation where a structure is collapsing. Even minor crush injuries can involve a lot of pain and discomfort – such injuries include bruising, lacerations, and sprained ankles. Major crush injuries involve parts of the body below the skin, and usually involve blunt force. Major crush injuries include head fractures, facial trauma, severe lacerations and blunt force chest-and-abdominal trauma, among others. Additionally, because of the events which lead up to crush injuries, victims will often require extrication or some kind of rescue to get them out of the dangerous situation.
While it is true accidents can happen, we urge everyone to do their part to ensure safety in their surroundings. Avoid areas with hazards such as rockfalls and construction sites if possible, and be cautious if it is necessary. For their part, construction crews should adhere to safety guidelines and make sure that any equipment they use will not become a hazard for anyone else. Make sure that your own home is able to withstand any kind of rough weather, particularly if it’s a mobile home. Ensuring our safety can also ensure the safety of others.
If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Note: The attorneys with The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.
Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.