The Andrew Palmer fatality

Andrew Palmer
Andrew Palmer

[UPDATE on Nov. 4, 2009– more recent posts about the investigative reports that were released on Nov. 3, 2009 can be found at:

Andrew Palmer fatality report released

Findings From the Andrew Palmer safety investigation ]

After Andrew Palmer was killed in a tree felling accident while he was working on a fire in northern California on July 25, 2008, law enforcement officers and the U.S. Attorney’s office got heavily involved in the case, which slowed down the serious accident investigation.

But on January 23, 2009 the U. S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento made a decision, saying “We decline to pursue criminal charges”. This is good news for several reasons, but especially since now the accident investigation can resume and if there are lessons to be learned, those will be discovered.

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