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Minnetonka man killed after uprooted tree rolls onto him

The man was working to remove a tree that had been uprooted during a recent storm.

A 68-year-old man was killed when a tree rolled on him while he was working to remove it from his yard in Minnetonka. 

The Minnetonka Police Department responded to the home on the 11200 block of Timberline Road at 3:51 p.m. Monday to find the man dead, police said. 

The man, who hasn't been identified, was working to remove a tree that was uprooted from a recent storm, police said. The tree rolled and pinned him, killing him. 

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will release the man's identity. Police did not release any other information, citing an active investigation. 

A few severe injuries and deaths related to falling trees are reported in Minnesota every year. Earlier this month, a Redwood Falls man survived after being pinned under a tree for more than 100 hours

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But there aren't really any exact statistics on the number of people who are killed by falling trees or in tree-related incidents in the U.S. every year. 

Dripline.net, a tree care industry website, says, based on media reports, there have been 67 deaths and 54 injuries in the U.S. this year related to trees – 43.3% of the fatalities involved civilians, while 31.3% were tree care workers. And from 1995-2007, there were 407 deaths from wind-related tree failures, a study found.

Meanwhile, OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Tree Care Industry Association occasionally publish injury and death statistics related to tree care workers, with the CDC saying 1,285 tree care workers dying on the job from 1992-2007.

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