This guy is lucky to be alive

I agree completely.
Rather than mention what he did wrong, let's stick to the only thing he did right: have a buddy hold the ladder. Having said that, he shouldn't have been cutting from a he basically did everything wrong. That was so close to a Darwin Award it is ridiculous. SMH
What do you think he said when he watched the video of himself?
I don't know if I could watch a video of me being manhandled by a limb like that. It would bring back the pain.
Gotta wonder who was holdin his beer