Contractor killed by falling tree in Annapolis

Incident being investigated by police, state occupational safety officials

October 31, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A 45-year-old man doing contract work clearing trees after superstorm Sandy in a residential community in Annapolis was killed by a falling tree on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

The death is the second caused by a falling tree in Anne Arundel since Sandy entered the region. On Monday night, 74-year-old Donald C. Cannata, Sr. was killed in the kitchen of his Pasadena home after a tree smashed through the roof.

In Annapolis, emergency crews first responded shortly before 1 p.m. to the 1600 block of Homewood Road for a report of an injured contractor, said Chief Michael Cox, a fire spokesman.

When they arrived, they found the man at a private residence where he was cutting trees, Cox said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police and officials with the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office are investigating the death, Cox said.

The man's identity was being withheld pending the notification of relatives, Cox said.

No further information was immediately available.

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