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Salem man dies after 50-foot fall from tree in Massachusetts

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 28. 2018 8:58PM

ROWLEY, Mass. — Law enforcement officials in Massachusetts say a Salem, NH, tree worker died after falling from a tree Thursday morning.

The Essex County District Attorney’s Office said David Bova, 34 of Salem, was working on a crew from Mayer Tree Service of Essex at a home at 29 Main St., in Rowley on Thursday morning, preparing to remove a branch when he fell from about 50 feet up.

He was taken to Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport where he was pronounced dead, a statement from the DA’s office said.

According to a 2010 report in the Eagle-Tribune newspaper, Bova fell 40 to 50 feet from a pine tree on Jackson Street in Methuen and was later airlifted by medical helicopter to Beth Isreal Deaconness Medical Center.

“It appears that he was approximately 40 to 50 feet high in the tree when the rope used to secure his harness around the tree broke, causing Mr. Bova to fall,” Methuen Police Capt. Randy Haggar wrote in a report, the Eagle Tribune reported.

The regional office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was notified of the fatal accident, and initiated an inspection of the work site in Rowley to determine whether Mayer Tree Service violated any safety standards. According to OSHA regulations, these inspections typically last no longer than six months.

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