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News Article - October 24, 2007

AIRPORT WORKER FATALLY CRUSHED REMOVING TREE  
  TINICUM TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- An employee at Philadelphia International Airport was killed when a tree crushed him as workers were working to take it down, police said. The incident occurred Tuesday on Hog Island Road near the corporate aviation entrance, which is in Tinicum, Delaware County Officials identified the PHL employee as 44-year-old John Roberts, a pavement and grounds employee with the Division of Aviation at the Airport for 18 months. According to Tinicum Township police, workers were cutting down a tree and it was partially down. As they were cutting off more of it, a saw got stuck, and as workers attempted to remove the saw, the tree rolled onto the man, crushing him.

   Roberts was transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was later pronounced dead. Grief counselors are on site at the airport to offer their services to all employees, airport officials stated in a press release. Tinicum Township and Philadelphia police were investigating along with the PHL Safety Office and the City's Risk Management

Source - NBC10



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