Santa Cruz Co. worker dies in wood chipper accident

June 8, 2010 12:40:38 PM PDT
A longtime Santa Cruz County staffer has died after getting caught in a wood chipper while clearing brush along a rural road in the outskirts of Watsonville.

Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Gazza says the man, who has not been identified, was part of a four-member public works crew that was clearing brush on Monday morning. Gazza says he died at the scene.

County spokeswoman Dinah Phillips says the man had worked for the county since 1969 and that his co-workers are shaken by his death.

The county public works and sheriff departments and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health are investigating.


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