The death of a worker who was part of a crew of six hired by a La Mesa, Calif.-based real estate brokerage to renovate a home raises questions about safety practices at such projects.

Joshua Pudsey, 41, was operating a hydraulic lift when he was killed Nov. 12 by a falling tree branch. Pudsey did not have a contractor’s license or experience as a tree trimmer, ABC 10News reports, citing court documents. The company that hired the crew, which does business as Three Frogs Real Estate, declined to comment.

10News had previously reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was investigating the accident. Source: 10news.com

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