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Tragic, but serves as a you can't be too careful reminder

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Adkjake, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Adkjake

    Adkjake Member

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    I didn't personaly know this man, but knew of him by reputation. Even the professionals are at risk. Be careful out there fellow hearth.com members.

    March 25, 2013
    Keeseville man dies in logging accident

    By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTONPress-Republican
    KEESEVILLE — A Keeseville man died Saturday morning in a logging accident.
    According to Plattsburgh-based State Police, Daniel R. Laduke, 51, died after a tree he was cutting down fell on top of him in the woods behind his home at 44 Mace Chasm Road in Keeseville.
    There, Laduke’s body was discovered by a friend at 11 a.m.
    Police believe the accident occurred sometime between 7:30 and 11 a.m.
    Upon arriving at the scene of the incident, members of the Keeseville Fire Department and EMS, South Plattsburgh Fire Department and New York State Forest Rangers verified Laduke to be deceased, according to a media release from State Police.
    He was pronounced dead at the scene by Essex County Coroner Francis Whitelaw and transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, where an autopsy was performed Sunday by Dr. C. Francis Varga.
    Varga, the release said, determined Laduke’s death was caused by crush injuries to the chest as a result of being struck by a falling tree.
    Laduke, who is survived by his wife, Michelle Laduke, owned and operated North Country Tree Service in Keeseville.
    “I am an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist with 30 years of experience in the pruning, treating or technical removal of trees and hedges,” the longtime woodsman wrote on his business’ website, treedoctor.org.
    Laduke also indicated on the website that he held degrees in biology, chemistry and agricultural science.
    “This knowledge and experience allows me to treat our North Country trees with the best possible care,” he wrote.
    According to police, Laduke was wearing protective gear, including a helmet, chaps and steel-toe boots when the accident occurred.
    Whitelaw ruled the manner of death to be accidental.
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  2. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Wow. Makes me think of my uncle reading that. Sad to hear
  3. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Wow. You never know when something can happen.
    It seems more tragic when most of us are out there doing
    just what a professional man does every day. I'll pass this on to my son as
    we fell a few trees every year. Very sad.
  4. Nixon

    Nixon Minister of Fire

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    That's indeed a sad , and tragic thing to read about . My heart goes out to his family and freinds.
    But thanks for the reminder that this can happen in the blink of an eye ,and that complacency can get us in deep trouble .
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  5. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Even very good skills just get you into deep trouble that much quicker.....

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