A city worker in Yuma, Arizona, was taken to intensive care after a 16-foot-tall
saguaro cactus fell on him and pinned him to the ground. The prickly cactus
left puncture wounds all over William Mason’s body. The employee
was responding to an emergency water leak situation in the Yuma subdivision
and was busy repairing the damage when the cactus toppled over.
The saguaro cacti can weigh anywhere from hundreds of pounds to thousands
of pounds, depending on the amount of water that is stored inside of them.
They are also extremely sharp and can cause serious puncture wounds when
they collide with a person. Investigators believe that the cactus fell
on its own accord, and the accident was not the result of someone pushing it over.
The workers who were near Mason at the time of the accident were able to
help free him from under the heavy plant and called the emergency ambulance
to rush him to the hospital. He suffered many injuries to his back and
legs, which is where the cactus fell on him. He has been hospitalized
at the Yuma Regional Medical Center.
If you live in Arizona, working near cacti can be dangerous. While many
people never assess the threat, a heavy, needled cactus can harm or even
kill an unaware person if it topples over. If you were harmed in an accident
like this while on the job, there is a chance that you can get
compensation for your pain and suffering. The same might be true if you were at a public
location or a friend’s private residence.
People should care for the landscaping on their property and maintain their
plants and trees to make sure that they don’t fall over and harm
someone in the process. If you have a similar case, then talk to a personal
injury lawyer at Knowles Law Firm, PLC for more information on how to