On October 11, around 1 p.m. police received reports about a tree trimmer falling into a woodchipper in Menlo Park, California.
Authorities arrived at the scene where the unnamed man was pronounced dead from his injuries.
“We all feel sick and sad,” local resident Lisa Mitchell told ABC7. “We’re really sad. We’re trying to imagine what the poor family and their fellow workers are feeling. And it’s just, it’s a lot. We just feel terrible.”
Officials have not yet released the worker’s identity but said the coroner’s office will notify the victim’s next of kin.
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the tragedy and has six months to determine if there was a safety violation.