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(LA Times)   Man killed by facepalm while working in career with a higher risk of on-the-job death than cops or firefighters. With fronds like these, who needs enemies?   (latimesblogs.latimes.com ) divider line
    More: Sad, fronds, Los Angeles Fire Department, palm frond, facepalm, firefighters, South Dakota State University, Sunset Boulevard  
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2012-09-23 12:05:39 AM  
FTFA: "Palm fronds like this have been known to weigh as much as half a ton," Humphrey said, adding that the cause of death has not yet been determined. "In these scenarios, the tree trimmer can be crushed, asphyxiated or have their neck broken."

THIS is why we need to allow more illegal Mexican immigrant laborers! Otherwise we'll soon have a shortage of underpaid tree trimmers.
 
2012-09-23 12:23:45 AM  
I saw a dude in San Diego get hit by one, and he was kind of okay but seemed concussed afterwards. He wasn't even trimming the tree either, just walking 20 feet in front of me.
 
2012-09-23 12:35:58 AM  
A past incidence of facepalm (that was a HOTY contender from 2010)... clicky.
 
2012-09-23 12:51:47 AM  
Is police work even among the top ten most dangerous jobs?
 
2012-09-23 03:57:44 AM  
If only there were an appropriate gesture to express my annoyance with the pun in the headline.
 
2012-09-23 04:43:22 AM  

coco ebert: Is police work even among the top ten most dangerous jobs?


For the people around them.
 
2012-09-23 04:46:18 AM  

SnarfVader: If only there were an appropriate gesture to express my annoyance with the pun in the headline.


This
 
2012-09-23 04:48:00 AM  

TheSwizz: coco ebert: Is police work even among the top ten most dangerous jobs?

For the people around them.


Man in a wheelchair shot dead by police.
 
2012-09-23 05:12:45 AM  
Wow subby. That is a masterful headline. Just wow.
 
2012-09-23 05:12:57 AM  
FTA:
According to a Los Angeles Times article from 2006, "tree workers have a fatality rate three or four times that of police officers and firefighters," according to John Ball, a South Dakota State University forestry professor. "Your odds of being killed in this industry are one in 3,000," he said.

I spent a couple of years a saw man for a grading company in the South, clearing lots for crap built McMansions. Loader operator would push trees over and I would wade in to buck logs and cut up tops into trash that ended up as that mysterious sinkhole in the backyard of every third house in Ascot Glen.

Hickory almost killed me a dozen times, a week. Hickory limbs bound up under the weight of the rest of the tree could spring out with astounding force. When your job involves using a chainsaw as a defensive weapon, you're either really cool or really stupid. I lived because after the first couple of encounters I actually started listening to the old guy who ran the op.

Farking brutal work, cutting up 3/4 acres of pushover pine/hickory forest on an August GA day, drink 2 gallons of water and never pee. Last couple of hours of the day, my arms couldn't lift the saw any more, so would bounce it back up for a downcut by hitting the bottom of the chainsaw body with my knee. First time I hit my knee I went crying to the gang and the Old Man dropped trou right there and showed me his knees. Pour some BC powder in it, heat up a Kroger bag with the loader stack, make an "Ace bandage" and gtfbtw.

And that's just being a sawman on the ground. Climbers are Gods. Always wanted to learn to climb but that wasn't the type of op I worked for.

RIP Climber.
 
2012-09-23 05:13:03 AM  
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2012-09-23 05:17:12 AM  

TheSwizz: coco ebert: Is police work even among the top ten most dangerous jobs?

For the [black] people around them.

 
2012-09-23 05:31:25 AM  
Am I the only one who gets "Become a member to keep on reading at LA Times links? Why are they even getting posted here? I thought that links to sites that require a membership to read were supposed to be against the rules. Tossing my LA Times cookies does not work.
 
2012-09-23 05:34:34 AM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Am I the only one who gets "Become a member to keep on reading at LA Times links? Why are they even getting posted here? I thought that links to sites that require a membership to read were supposed to be against the rules. Tossing my LA Times cookies does not work.


That is so pre-Adelson money thinking.
 
2012-09-23 05:42:17 AM  

coco ebert: Is police work even among the top ten most dangerous jobs?


The job gets a lot more dangerous right before you reach retirement.
 
2012-09-23 05:45:49 AM  

brianbankerus: Wow subby. That is a masterful headline. Just wow.


Too bad Owl City already beat you to it 

"With fronds like these, well, who needs anemones?"
 
2012-09-23 06:06:29 AM  
Man killed by facepalm while working in career with a higher risk of on-the-job death than cops or firefighters. With fronds like these, who needs enemies?

This would have been a much better headline.
Restraint, subby. Restraint.
 
2012-09-23 07:41:23 AM  

Rufus Lee King: Y'all have twisted this into a cop-hate thread already?


Twisted? Did you read the headline?
 
2012-09-23 07:49:52 AM  

Gawdzila: Man killed by facepalm while working in career with a higher risk of on-the-job death than cops or firefighters. With fronds like these, who needs enemies?

This would have been a much better headline.
Restraint, subby. Restraint.


This. Less is more in this case.
 
2012-09-23 07:54:27 AM  

BoxOfBees: brianbankerus: Wow subby. That is a masterful headline. Just wow.

Too bad Owl City already beat you to it 

"With fronds like these, well, who needs anemones?"


Too bad Pixar beat Owl City to it.
 
2012-09-23 08:02:32 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-09-23 08:54:32 AM  
I'm a tree cutter. The risks are high, but where else can you make six figures and get ripped doing so?

My body and bank account are godlike thanks to this line of work.
 
2012-09-23 09:44:00 AM  
At least he didn't slip and take the branch up the ass.
 
2012-09-23 09:50:10 AM  
Note to self: Do not wish his family a happy Palm Sunday.
 
2012-09-23 10:18:09 AM  

Another Government Employee: At least he didn't slip and take the branch up the ass.


There is something wrong with your brain.
 
2012-09-23 03:26:19 PM  

coco ebert: Is police work even among the top ten most dangerous jobs?


No.
 
2012-09-23 04:36:25 PM  
perhaps we should have the 'protect and serve' dooshbags rotate in for farmers, tree men and other truly dangerous manly work. get rid of some of the excess doosh, let citizens see that some people (farmers, tree men) can act like human beans when doing police work.
 
2012-09-23 08:14:27 PM  

Insatiable Jesus: FTA:
According to a Los Angeles Times article from 2006, "tree workers have a fatality rate three or four times that of police officers and firefighters," according to John Ball, a South Dakota State University forestry professor. "Your odds of being killed in this industry are one in 3,000," he said.

I spent a couple of years a saw man for a grading company in the South, clearing lots for crap built McMansions. Loader operator would push trees over and I would wade in to buck logs and cut up tops into trash that ended up as that mysterious sinkhole in the backyard of every third house in Ascot Glen.

Hickory almost killed me a dozen times, a week. Hickory limbs bound up under the weight of the rest of the tree could spring out with astounding force. When your job involves using a chainsaw as a defensive weapon, you're either really cool or really stupid. I lived because after the first couple of encounters I actually started listening to the old guy who ran the op.

Farking brutal work, cutting up 3/4 acres of pushover pine/hickory forest on an August GA day, drink 2 gallons of water and never pee. Last couple of hours of the day, my arms couldn't lift the saw any more, so would bounce it back up for a downcut by hitting the bottom of the chainsaw body with my knee. First time I hit my knee I went crying to the gang and the Old Man dropped trou right there and showed me his knees. Pour some BC powder in it, heat up a Kroger bag with the loader stack, make an "Ace bandage" and gtfbtw.

And that's just being a sawman on the ground. Climbers are Gods. Always wanted to learn to climb but that wasn't the type of op I worked for.

RIP Climber.


My husband is a trimmer. Technically, he's the climber, but since it's only a two man operation (mostly residential), he always ends up on the ground dragging brush, too. He watches Ax Men and thinks it would be so great to just cut and drop like they do, rather than having to rope limbs around people's pool cages and sheds. It's a much harder job than most people realize. I am impressed my husband has the energy to put one foot in front of the other most nights.
 
2012-09-23 10:12:51 PM  
Poor headline. Despite the propaganda most people know that pigs do not have an overly dangerous job. Other than getting heart attacks from sitting on their butts all day in a car occasionally getting out to give a traffic ticket or killing an innocent person.
 
2012-09-24 12:44:49 AM  
Guy working away, doing his best sexy job and he get's frond-zoned. Shame.
 
2012-09-24 06:33:02 PM  
I had a palm frond fall 40 feet and hit my shoulder. I ended up with a concussion, broken collar bone, separated shoulder, whiplash and two ruptured disks in my neck. 2 inches to the left and it could have killed me.
Of course... the crew that was trimming the trees that morning cut out early and left the 3 palm trees untouched. Evil bastards
 
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