Man Falls While Cutting Tree Branches with Chainsaw, Dies

Man Falls While Cutting Tree Branches with Chainsaw, Dies

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By TWC News Web Staff

GATES, N.Y. — Gates police are investigating what appears to be an accidental death involving a chainsaw.

It happened about 12:30 Tuesday afternoon behind a home on Lettington Avenue in Gates. Police say a 59-year-old man had climbed a ladder and was attempting to cut some branches from it when he fell. When police and emergency crews arrived on scene, the man, who lived at the home, was already dead and had an injury to his head.

“You have to be very careful using chainsaws. We recommend if you’re cutting any significant tree or branch whatsoever, you hire a professional to do it. We do see these accidents frequently, not only with chainsaws but also falling off ladders, so, it’s very dangerous. You have to be very careful,” said Lt. John Ballard.

Police say the medical examiner will determine how the death occurred.