Tree-Trimming Contracts Terminated After On-The-Job Accidents

By Ari Mason
|  Saturday, Jun 28, 2014  |  Updated 6:56 AM EDT
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Tree-Trimming Contracts Terminated After Accidents

NBCConnecticut.com

Northeast Utilities and Connecticut Light & Power have canceled all contracts with Trees, Inc., the company whose workers were injured when a train collided with a tree-trimmer on the tracks in Berlin earlier this week.

In the wake of two serious on-the-job accidents in Connecticut, Northeast Utilities has canceled all its New England contracts with Trees, Incorporated, the company whose workers were injured and killed.

It comes less than a week after an Amtrak train collided with a tree-trimming truck and wood chipper in Berlin, injuring five people. The Trees, Inc. crew was reportedly trying to turn around but a locked gate stranded them on the tracks in the path of the oncoming passenger train.

About 10 days earlier, a Trees, Inc. worker was killed while cutting trees for Connecticut Light & Power in Meriden.

“We have canceled our contract with Trees, Incorporated and they are no longer working on our system,” said CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross. This includes all Northeast Utilities contracts in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Trees, Inc. had not returned a request for comment at the time of publication.

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