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August 14, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Posted in Safety, Trees

24-Foot Tree Falls On Man In Chesterfield County

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24-Foot Tree Falls On Man In Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD, VA—A man suffered serious injuries and was taken to VCU Medical Center after a tree fell on him in Chesterfield County on Wednesday morning.

The victim was awake and breathing after an approximately 24-foot tree fell on him, according to Chesterfield County fire officials.

Fire officials freed the trapped man from the tree just before 12:00 p.m. The victim suffered serious injuries, according to fire officials.

It happened in the 7400 block of Pickhurst Court near River Road.

Stay with 8News for updates.

Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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April 4, 2013 at 6:55 am

Posted in Local, Safety, Trees

Tree Climbing Championship – Byrd Park – April 6th

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Tree Climbing Championship – Byrd Park – April 6th

Have you ever wondered how tree workers get up into those trees that can’t be reached with a bucket truck? You will wonder no more if you stop by Richmond’s Byrd Park on Saturday, April 6. About 3 dozen of the best professional tree climbers in the region will be competing in the Mid Atlantic Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture (MAC ISA) Tree Climbing Championship. The event includes…

  • Aerial Rescue: Competitors are timed as they rescue a “dummy” weighing about 120 lbs from a tree. The dummy represents an injured person. They are scored on the skills used to extricate the injured person.
  • Belayed Speed Climb: Competitors on a safety belay are timed as they climb a tree for speed to heights of 40 to 60 feet. Once at the top, they ring a bell to stop the clock. For those unfamiliar with climbing, the term belaying might be unfamiliar but you have seen this before. It is a process of securing and safeguarding a climber by using a rope to hold the climber’s weight if they fall. Think Tom Cruise belaying the skyscraper in Dubai.
  • Foot lock Speed Climb Competitors are timed while “inch worming” up a rope to hit a bell. Inch worming is the term for footlock. Think grade school P.E. and what we called rope climbing. But better.
  • Work Climb – Competitors are timed while completing 5 work stations in the tree. Each station is worth designated points. The time ends when the climber unclips their climbing rope from their saddle. Scoring factors include agility, safety, and speed.

But wait, there’s more! Family activities, recreational tree climbing by Riverside Outfitters, supply and equipment vendors, educational exhibits (about trees, of course), and food trucks .

This exciting, one-of-a-kind event begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until about 4 p.m. Free and open to the public!

WTVR Virginia This Morning

Article in Richmond Times Dispatch

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April 2, 2013 at 6:00 am

Posted in Local, Safety, Trees

Man killed during storm cleanup in Henrico

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Chain snapped and hit the man.

Man killed during storm cleanup in Henrico

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A twelfth death is now being blamed on the June 29 storm that tore across Virginia and knocked out power to more than one million people.

The most recent victim was from Henrico County, according to Laura Southard with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Southard said the person was hit by a falling tree on Monday, July 2. That person died from the injuries the next day.

The victim’s older brother tells CBS 6 News’ Angela Pellerano that 32 year-old Robert Shane Wade was killed Monday as he was helping take down a tree with a friend.

The other storm fatalities included deaths in Albemarle County, Bedford County, Chesapeake, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Montgomery County and Roanoke.

The Governor’s Office said Wednesday afternoon that 176,928 power customers remained without electricity, nearly 60,000 less than at 5:00 p.m. the previous evening. Dominion, the Governor’s Office noted, expected to have the “vast majority” of customers back on line by Friday night.

“I am pleased that more and more homes are coming back on line, and I am encouraged that the power companies continue to work around the clock on the problem areas, but the high heat in Virginia is a serious ongoing safety concern. The recovery effort is continuing 24 hours a day and we are all focused on getting power restored as quickly as is possible in every community in the state,” said Governor McDonnell in a statement. “As everyone continues to work together to get things back to normal, please look out for your friends and neighbors that are still without power and may need a place to cool off.”

Others notes from the Governor’s Wednesday afternoon update include:

  • The Virginia Emergency Operations Center continues to be staffed with representatives of various state agencies who are coordinating requests for assistance from local governments and providing resources as needed.
  • The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has coordinated delivery of 64,400 gallons of water to Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt and Page.
  • Fourteen generators have been delivered to Bath, Botetourt, Highland and Rockingham counties and the town of Vinton and city of Covington.
  • Heavy equipment has been provided to Albemarle County and Charlottesville, and advanced life support ambulances from Halifax and Chesterfield counties have been provided to Alexandria.
  • VDEM set up a blog to record agency response, track the opening of cooling centers and provide information to the public at
  • The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reported seven primary roads (numbers 1-599) and 101 secondary roads (numbers 600 and above) closed due to downed trees and debris.

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July 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Posted in Safety, Summer, Trees, Weather

Chainsaw vs. Piano

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I thought this was appropriate too.

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May 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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Opening Beer with Chainsaw

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Of course…

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May 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

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Man Seriously Injured After Tree Cutting Accident – Woodbury-Middlebury, CT Patch

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September 19, 2011 at 8:53 am

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