Joshua Pudsey, 42, was killed when a large branch fell on him while trimming trees outside his employer’s home in November 2013. Investigators have determined Pudsey didn’t have enough training to be doing that trimming job. His mother says he was expecting a child at the time of his death. NBC 7’s Candice Nguyen reports. (Published Tuesday, April 15, 2014)
The mother of a Lakeside man killed while trimming trees says no amount of money can make up for the loss of her son.
Joshua Pudsey, 42, was trimming trees using a large cherry picker outside his employer's home at Date Avenue & Acacia Avenue on November 12 when a large branch fell on him, crushing his head.
Pudsey's mother, Debbi Anderson, told NBC 7 Monday that her son had just learned he was going to be a father before he was killed.
Anderson says her son's fiancee was only 34 days pregnant when the large portion of a 60-foot eucalyptus tree fell on her son.
"The Medical Examiner was going to wheel him away. I put my hands on his arm and [his fiance] said 'We're going to have a baby," Anderson told NBC 7.
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA, has determined neither Pudsey nor any of the other construction laborers employed by Three Frogs, Inc. had the experience or training needed to safely cut down a tree of that size.
The agency has issued citations with proposed penalties of $91,865 to Three Frogs, which is a real estate investment company based in La Mesa.
NBC 7 reached out to Three Frogs, Inc., but did not hear back.
Anderson says that amount of money doesn't come close to making up for the loss to her family.
"We got a baby that will never be held by his daddy," she said.
Anderson says every day is a struggle for her, her son's fiancee and the entire family. Her grandson is due on June 6, which is about a week before Father's Day.
His name will be Jackson Joshua Pudsey.
She says he's one of the only reasons she's able to cope with her son's sudden death.
"There's got to be something good out of this because something went really wrong that morning," she said.
Published at 6:55 AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014