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Yakima, Washington – Man Dies After Getting Crushed by Fallen Tree

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Posted on November 4, 2019

Yakima, Washington (October 30, 2019) – A worker died after getting crushed by a falling tree on the 2600 block of Whitish Lane. The victim, identified as Gary Joseph Trepanier from Tieton, was crushed as the tree had fallen in the wrong direction. According to the report, he was the owner of the tree trimming company.

The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon. The cause and circumstances of the incident has not been fully detailed, but the victim was apparently trimming a tree with safety protocols in place, but the tree still fell in the wrong direction, resulting in the crush accident.

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.