Death – Officials: Worker taking down Christmas lights dies in SC

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A worker in a bucket attached to a boom who was taking down Christmas decorations in a South Carolina town was killed Friday when the bucket struck a tree limb, officials said.

The man who was killed in Great Falls was identified as Gregory Shawn Tyson, 55, said Terry Tinker, Chester County coroner.

Tyson was in a a bucket attached to a boom atop a Town of Great Falls van when the incident happened after 2 p.m. Friday on Dearborn Street, Tinker said.

Workers were taking down town Christmas lights when the accident happened, Tinker said. Tyson was knocked to the ground and died at the scene, Tinker said.

Great Falls is a town of about 2,000 people along the Catawba River between Rock Hill and Columbia.

Tinker said he notified South Carolina officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) because the death was a work-related fatality.

S.C. OSHA requires all work-related fatalities be reported to the agency within eight hours, according to its website.

Efforts to reach OSHA officials Saturday were unsuccessful.

Tinker said the S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating because the van was believed to be moving on a road at the time of the incident.

The van was traveling on Dearborn Street in Great Falls when the bucket attached to the van by a boom hit a tree limb, Cpl. Joe Hovis of the S.C. Highway Patrol said in a statement.

The driver of the van was not injured, Hovis said.

No other information has been released. The incident remains under investigation by highway patrol troopers and the coroner’s office, officials said.

This story was originally published January 8, 2022 11:26 AM.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.