A settlement has been reached in a Connecticut court in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a landscaper, against his employer, K. Landscaping, based in Waterbury, Connecticut.
According to an article on the website ct.post.com, Michael Panulis, was killed on Nov. 4, 2012, in Middlebury, Connecticut, after a fall. Pranulis reportedly climbed the tree and had a rope with him used to tie to the portions of tree that were being cut to lower them to the ground by K. Landscaping employees acting as groundsmen controlling the other end of the rope.
The lawsuit states too much slack was allowed in the rope by K. Landscape employees as a large limb was being cut and that as a result, when the cut limb fell it caused a jerking of the tree which snapped the tree beneath where Pranulis was working. Pranulis and the snapped tree unexpectedly fell to the ground resulting in Pranulis' death.
The family was awarded $1.2 million in a settlement approved by Superior Court Judge Mark Taylor.