Fort Lauderdale Based Company Fined For Employee's Death During April Tree Trimming Accident

A South Florida tree-trimming company is facing a fine of about $133,600 after federal officials say it failed to prevent a worker's death.

The Miami Herald reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the fine Tuesday. The agency says Fort Lauderdale-based Monster Tree Service didn't take proper precautions while 34-year-old Anthony Donahue worked around overhead power lines in April.

Investigators found that Donahue was using an aluminum pole saw too close to a power line while trimming a palm tree near a Fort Lauderdale home.

Monster Tree's owner, Ray Carolan, says he plans to contest the fine. He says a fiberglass ladder and fiberglass pole saw were at the work site, but Donahue was using metal tools, despite numerous safety meetings.

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