Tree death prompts warning from Coroner

A Tasmanian Coroner has warned about the danger of working in and around trees in high winds. 

The warning was part of his findings into the death of a  63-year-old woman who died when a tree fell on her in July 2014.

The report said the woman, known as Mrs W, had been clearing fallen trees on her property with her husband during “terrible” weather.

After a tree fell onto Mrs W, her husband called 000.

He attempted to move the tree using a crowbar, but was unsuccessful.

Using his chainsaw, he then cut his wife free and performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.

Mrs W was unable to be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Cooper reported “severe trauma” from the falling tree was the cause of death.

He said it was “unwise” to attempt to clear trees when there had been weather warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

“I observe that the weather conditions were so bad on that day … that it was obviously dangerous to have been outside,” Mr Cooper said.

“I warn the community generally about the danger of working in and around trees in high winds.”

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