Victim of tree removal fatality identified

Officials continue to investigate a fatality that took place in Belle Haven Monday afternoon when 26-year-old Alvarro Lopez of Port Chester, N.Y. was struck by a piece of the trunk from a tree he was attempting to cut down.

According to police, Mr. Lopez spent most of the day Monday preparing to remove a large tree from a property at 41 Bush Avenue, where he was working for his family’s Cos Cob company Lopez Landscaping. During the afternoon, he had climbed the tree, using boot spikes, and was wearing a harness. According to witnesses, Mr. Lopez then cut a large section of the tree trunk which unexpectedly fell backwards and struck him, leaving him unconscious.

 

The ground crew, which included members of Mr. Lopez’s family, extricated him from the tree and called 911 around 3 p.m. Upon arrival of Greenwich Emergency Medical Services (GEMS), Mr. Lopez was found to be in cardiac arrest and emergency personnel performed CPR on him at the scene. He was then transported to the Greenwich Hospital Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead.

The State of Connecticut Occupational Safety and Health Division has assumed the investigation, which is ongoing.

 

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