Tree faller who died in May 31 accident named

WorkSafe BC said it continues its investigation into why the bucket broke away from the boom it was attached to.



Lance Klody was the man who died in a freak accident while falling a tree on Thursday, May 31 in Aldergrove.

WorkSafe BC said it continues its investigation into why the bucket Klody was in broke away from the boom it was attached to, leaving the 50-year-old man to fall more than 60 feet to the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was attempting to bring down a 130-foot Douglas fir.

WorkSafe BC and the B.C. Coroners Service spent sometime at the scene in the North Otter area.

Messages from those who knew Klody say he owned his own tree falling business, Freelance Tree Services, based out of Abbotsford.

He was well liked and is missed by many friends in Langley and Abbotsford, along with family on the Island and elsewhere. According to his obituary, he loved his two dogs and his brother was looking to find a new home for them.

According to WorkSafe BC’s Megan Johnston, investigations like these usually take months to conclude. WorkSafe BC does not comment on an investigation while it is still taking place, she said.

Some comments on The Times’ website from fellow tree fallers say Klody was likely pushing the tree with his bucket when it became dislodged from the boom. Pushing a tree is common practice, said one tree faller.

In Facebook replies, some wondered if he was wearing a safety harness. All that information should come out of the investigation.