Family Tragedy: Working With Dad

As summer draws near kids will be out playing. They will be attracted to the noise, tools and activity of arboriculture – it's an exciting trade. Recently, the Winnipeg Free Press reported a story that can only serve as a reminder that when kids are near, all machinery must be turned off – with no exceptions. 

The Press states, “Scott Bourgeois, who owns C&S Tree Removal, lives less than a half-mile from where the accident happened. His son Jeffrey, a first-grader at Salem Elementary School, where he was honoured in the school newsletter with a "Caught Being Good" award in December was helping his dad. Jeffrey was putting a branch in the chipper at about 8:45 a.m. when it yanked him into the machine after his father momentarily turned his back, said Lt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman. The accident happened at a home in Salem, a town of about 4,000 people nearly 30 miles southeast of Hartford, Connecticut." 

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/world/6-year-old-conn-boy-dies-in-wood-chipper-accident-while-helping-dad-during-school-vacation-146909815.html  

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/6-year-old-boy-connecticut-killed-wood-chipper-accident-article-1.1059758   

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Community-Comes-Together-After-Tragic-Salem-Wood-Chipper-Incident-146990175.html

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