Worker killed while trimming tree branches

March 29, 2012 7:54:59 AM PDT
Police are investigating the apparent electrocution death of a worker in Friendswood.

Officers were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of Carey Lane at approximately 1:15pm Tuesday. When police arrived, they found Julio Cesar Castro, 37, attached to a tree with a waist harness where he had been trimming tree branches in a back yard.

Three other Friendswood Firewood employees witnessed the electrocution and told police Castro was on a ladder near the top of a tree, where he was cutting limbs using a pole saw. When Castro's co-workers heard him scream, they reportedly climbed the ladder to help Castro, but were unable to free him from the waist harness.

The Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy.