The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 18, 2013

Tree-cutting accident victim recovering

Patrick Buchnowski

SCHELLSBURG — A worker for the Pennsylvania Game Commission is recovering from injuries he suffered Friday while cutting trees near Schellsburg in Bedford County, authorities said on Monday.

Game commission officials are not releasing the man’s name, but said he was part of a four-member food and cover crew that was cutting trees on state game lands.

Department spokesman Barry Leonard said a falling limb struck the man around 1 p.m.

The worker was brought out of the woods by an all-terrain vehicle and was taken by ambulance to a medical helicopter, which flew him to UPMC Altoona, Leonard said.

The worker suffered six broken ribs, severe lacerations to the scalp and face and a collapsed lung, Leonard said.

“He’s alert and talking,” he said.

Leonard said the man credits his safety gear, including a hard hat, from preventing more serious injuries. Medical personnel arrived quickly to treat the worker, he said.

“Tree cutting is unpredictable,” Leonard said. “They work in some remote areas.”

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