Worker Killed in Tree-Cutting Accident

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ELM GROVE, Wis. (AP) -- A 31-year-old worker died when he fell about 40 feet as he and other workers were cutting down a tree in a Milwaukee suburb.

The Elm Grove police department says the accident about 9:50 a.m. Friday killed Dale Simek of Trevor, who was hired to remove a large tree at a private residence.

He was about 42 feet up, working to cut the top of the tree, while two workmen stood at the ground. After they removed a large upper section, the lower section became unstable and fell.

Simek was secured by safety harnesses attached to the tree and fell.

Police say it appears Simek suffered fatal traumatic injuries from the fall.

The police department, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's office are investigating.

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We are all very saddened by the loss of Dale (nick named "Deiter") Simek, 31, one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He was very positive and upbeat, loved to ride his jet ski and play the drums in his spare time.  He enjoyed the Arboriculture Industry, was highly skilled at it and took his job very seriously.  He lived to climb and died doing what he loved.  He was a valued member of our team and he is already deeply missed.

Affordable Tree Care, LLC has been in business since 1992 with a flawless safety record.  Our job is high risk and we accept that yet would like to take a minute to educate home and business owners out there to be as proactive as possible too to address dead/dying trees as fast as possible.  The longer they sit and rot the more dangerous it is for Tree Services to remove and eliminate the hazards.   We have seen many trees come down unpredicibly on buildings, cars, people and more over the years and ask that everyone have an Arborist to their home for a complimentary estimate to determine if any trees are at risk on their property especially the limbs and trees overhanging where children play so they can be dealt with quickly before anyone or anything is affected.

Thanks to all of our customers and peers in the industry who have reached out to us to compliment our company and team and offer their support and comfort at this time. We greatly appreciate the excellent job the Elm Grove Police Department and Emergency Response Teams did on site to help us through a very difficult day.  Everyone on staff extends their thoughts and prayers to Dale Simek's family and friends which we consider ourselves a part of.  We are all very numb and deeply saddened at this time.