A 25-year-old Nicholas Rutkowski was working with two other men, removing a tree at Sky Farm Nudist Club in New Jersey.
While they were working, a 4-foot, 40-pound branch came hurtling down from a height of 70 feet to make fatal contact with him.
He was wearing all the required safety gear, including a hardhat, but died on-site before he could be taken to the hospital.
“Based on witness accounts and interviews immediately after the accident, all safety measures were followed,” a Bernards-based Tamke Tree Express spokesperson said.
“He was part of the Tamke family and will be missed by all. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all his family and friends.”
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.