Man killed in La Mesa tree trimming accident
LA MESA (CNS) – A man helping trim a tree in front of an East County home suffered fatal injuries Tuesday when a branch fell and hit him on the head.
The victim was with a fellow worker on a so-called “cherry picker” elevated platform in the 4400 block of Date Avenue in La Mesa when the large piece of eucalyptus timber struck him about 8 a.m., according to police. He died at the scene.
Relatives identified the victim to reporters as 41-year-old Joshua Pudsey of Lakeside.
The fatality will be investigated by the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, as is routine in cases of serious industrial or workplace accidents.