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Falling tree branch claims life of Vancouver city worker

An employee of the City of Vancouver was killed on the job on the morning of March 31, when a branch of a damaged tree he was working on fell on top of him.

Jody Taylor, a 43-year-old arborist with the Vancouver Park Board, was pruning dead branches from the tree in Connaught Park when the accident occurred, according to information from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Taylor was removing a branch from the tree when it broke off and struck him, causing severe head trauma, a CUPE press release noted. He later died in the hospital.

Taylor had been both a city employee and a member of CUPE Local 1004 for 16 years.

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