A man died after the boom failed on the bucket truck he was using while cutting a tree limb in Minnesota on Tuesday.
The man, James Mueller, 62, owner of Jim's Tree Service was working from the platform of his Hi-Ranger truck mounted lift in the town of Zumbrota, south east of Minneapolis, Minnesota, when the boom is reported to have failed, dropping him to the ground.
According to the Zumbrota Police Department, Mueller was working at a height of around 10 metres when the boom - which has an insulated section - “broke off of the truck”. We have no idea what may have caused the failure, and if it was down to fatigue in the boom sections or a tree limb had fallen and struck the boom. On arrival paramedics from the local ambulance service attempted to save his life but were unsuccessful and he was declared dead at the scene.
The incident is now under investigation with the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office.