SWANSEA, Mass. (WPRI) — A tree worker died Thursday after he was hit by a tree limb while working in Swansea.
Police said the incident took place while the man was up in a bucket truck on Deborah Lane.
The man, identified as Taylor Bowen, 28, of Rehoboth, was lowered from the bucket and was unconscious. Bystanders started performing CPR until first responders arrived, according to police.
Bowen was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Swansea police are investigating the incident along with the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Eyewitness News has learned Bowen worked for a family business alongside his father.
Ryan Nadeau of Nadeau Tree service knows the Bowen family well and is a former employer of the victim.
He tells Eyewitness News, “It’s dangerous work, what we do. Today the tree community suffered a loss that’s unexplainable.”