Lumberjack, 24, doing his ‘dream job’ was crushed by falling tree, court hears

Lumberjack, 24, who was doing his ‘dream job’, was crushed to death by a falling tree in the woods of Wales before being discovered by a hiker, investigation finds

  • Ben Thomas, 24, from Caerphilly, did ‘dream job’ and felling forests
  • He was found dead by a member of the public with serious injuries
  • The inquest into his death, which will be heard before a jury, continues

Ben Thomas, 24, was doing his ‘dream job’ when he was hit by the tree

A woodcutter was crushed when he was hit by a falling tree, an inquest said.

Forest worker Ben Thomas (24) was doing his ‘dream job’ and was clearing forest when he was hit by the tree on a steep bank.

Ben, from Aberbargoed, Caerphilly, was found dead by a member of the public with serious head and chest injuries.

Paramedics were called to the woods near the small village of Cwmfelinfach, near Caerphilly, South Wales, but Ben was already dead.

Paramedic Daniel Waites, said: ‘We had to walk up a steep hill about 50 meters from the ambulance. The floor was soft and damp.

“There were trees that had already been cut down. It was difficult to walk on.

“Ben Thomas’s body was on his back and his arms and legs were to the side. The tree had been cut down and taken off him.’

Mr Waites said Ben’s head was ‘discolored’ by bruising and his chest was ‘soft and pliable’.

Former scaffolding builder Ben had described being a lumberjack as his “dream job” just weeks before the tragedy.

An inquest found that his cause of death was asphyxiation from crushing and ruptured lungs.

Ben was working for Tree Finesse at the time of his death in August 2017 and the Health and Safety Executive was investigating the tragedy.

Paramedics were called to the woods near the small village of Cwmfelinfach, near Caerphilly, South Wales, but Ben was already dead

Paramedics were called to the woods near the small village of Cwmfelinfach, near Caerphilly, South Wales, but Ben was already dead

Paramedics were called to the woods near the small village of Cwmfelinfach, near Caerphilly, South Wales, but Ben (left and right) was already dead

Gwent Coroner’s Court learned that the company was working for environmental agency Natural Resources Wales to cut trees in Sirhowy Forest.

During the hearing, Ben was told that Ben completed his forestry qualifications in January 2017 and had been employed by Tree Finesse since April of that year.

The inquest, which will be heard before a jury, continues.

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