On Tuesday, a wood-chipper accident in Menlo Park claimed the life of a member of a crew that was pruning trees. West of Flood Park, on the 900 block of Peggy Lane, close to Bay Road, the incident took place.
A wood chipper with a yellow sheet covering part of it was surrounded by police and fire department officials as shown on video. According to Menlo Park police, officers had been called after hearing about a tree trimmer who had fallen into a wood chipper.
When they came, a male subject was already dead from the wounds he had received, according to the police. Additionally responding was the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office.
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The death is being looked into by the Cal/OSHA Division of Occupational Safety and Health. According to officials, S.P. McLenanhan is the company pruning the trees. If there was a safety issue at the job site, Cal/OSHA has up to six months to find it and to issue any citations.
The employee’s identity has not been made public. As of just after 3 p.m., according to police, Peggy Lane was still partially closed for the investigation.