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Tree trimmer killed in chainsaw accident was Sacramento man

A tree trimmer who died in an apparent chainsaw accident Friday morning in Fair Oaks has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s office as 36-year-old Fernando Hernandez of Sacramento.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews were called to Hoffman Lane shortly before 11 a.m. Paramedics and firefighters arrived to find an unresponsive man suspended in the tree approximately 40 to 50 feet above the ground.

The man was secured to the tree by a tree trimming harness set-up, with a chainsaw dangling nearby, according to a Fire District news release.

Firefighters attempted to reach the man with engine ladders, while calling for a truck and rescue unit to respond. They used the truck’s aerial ladder to reach the man, secured him with a harness and lowered him to the ground.

Once the tree trimmer was on the ground, it was determined that the had been cut by the chainsaw, fire officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Capt. Michelle Eidam, Fire District spokeswoman, said the death is considered an industrial accident and the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy