A tree surgeon has died in a workplace accident involving a chainsaw.
Gregery Bulbuc, 31, was working in a private backyard in Bermondsey, south east London, on Wednesday, February 15, when the fatal incident occurred.
Both the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended but Mr Bulbuc was pronounced dead at the scene.
“This is believed to be a workplace accident and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be informed in due course,” a spokesman for the Met Police Force has said.
The Express newspaper reports that the father of one was working for Aralia Tree Services when the accident occurred.
The chainsaw ‘rebounded’
Mr Bulbuc from Beckenham is reported to have been using a chainsaw to cut branches from a tree when the tool rebounded, his brother Ioan Bulbuc, 27, said.
“Police were called to Banyard Road in Bermondsey at 11.11am on Wednesday, February 15 to reports of an injured man,” the Met spokesman confirmed.
Police cordoned off the scene and confirmed to passers-by that there had been an accident involving a worker on one of the trees, onlooker Charlie Brenland recalled.
The Ambulance Service who responded to the tragic accident, said: “We sent an ambulance crew, a single responder in a car, a paramedic on a motorcycle, an incident response officer and our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to the scene. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance.
“Sadly, despite the extensive efforts of our crews, a patient died at the scene.”
A happy father
His brother Ioan, also a tree surgeon, fought back tears to make a statement and recalled how happy Gregery was to have a one-year-old son.
Ioan added: “The police have told me nothing. His boss has told me that he cut something and the chainsaw kicked back.”
A spokesman for the HSE said it is “aware and assisting the Metropolitan Police in their investigation and HSE inspectors are attending the site”.
Source: The Express
Date Published: February 22, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown