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A North Carolina Zoo worker was on killed Thursday morning after falling from a tree during a drill that is held twice a year.
The male employee who had worked at the zoo for ten years was killed at roughly 8am, before any visitors had arrived.
Incident - Africa - Section - Zoo - Premises
The incident happened in the Africa section of the zoo, with the premises closing at 2pm.
The name of the arborist was not revealed as officials with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, the state Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigate the matter.
North - Carolina - Labor - Department - Spokesman
North Carolina Labor Department spokesman Mary Katherine Revels claimed that the worker fell from 20 to 30 feet during an aerial rescue drill.
The drills involve a trained arborist climbing a tree to simulate helping an injured or trapped co-worker, The News&Observer reported.
Officials - Employee - Death - Zoo - Animals
Officials said that the employee's death was not related to any of the zoo’s animals.
'The entire zoo community is deeply saddened by this loss, and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family of our team member,' zoo...
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