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Worker Dies in Meriden Tree-Trimming Incident

Frank Cline was doing tree work for Connecticut Light and Power when he was struck by a swinging limb.

A man died in Meriden after he was struck Monday by a tied-off limb that swung after it was cut.

Meriden police are calling the incident a work-related accident, according to a Meriden Police Department news release.

Frank Cline, 26, of Dover Plains, New York, was doing tree work Monday for Connecticut Light and Power at Lanouette Street and Lanouette Street Extension, according to the release.

Officers on the scene said Cline had been hit in the head by a swinging limb that was cut by another worker. Cline reportedly fell to the ground. The limb landed on him, hitting him in the upper body.

Cline was brought to Yale New Haven Hospital, where he later died.

Cline was an employee of Tree Inc of Houston, Texas, which was working for CL&P. The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident further.
Craig Zac June 13, 2014 at 07:30 AM
Tree cutting is a tough job and lots of Experts get hurt every year so you can imagine how many home owners must get hurt cutting or trimming trees at home. Condolences to this guys family.
sgwip June 13, 2014 at 08:31 AM
My son has a tree business he always says safety first
redqueen42 June 13, 2014 at 02:08 PM
My younger brother does tree work, I've seen him do some crazy stuff all the way on top of trees that makes me cringe, but he is super careful about everything he does and has all the safety gear, but I can't help feeling bad for others who have lost someone in these kinds of accidents

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