Tree trimmer dies after falling into wood chipper in Menlo Park; Cal/OSHA investigating

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Cal/OSHA tells ABC7 News the tree services employee was pulled into the chipper during tree trimming operations. 😳

By Amanda del Castillo


MENLO PARK, Calif. (KGO) — A tree trimmer died after falling into a chipper in Menlo Park on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

The workplace death was reported at 12:53 p.m. On the 900 block of Peggy Lane, where officers arrived to find the worker had died.

Residents living in the neighborhood told ABC7 News it’s typical to see tree trimming activity across the city. Many streets, including along Peggy Lane, are lined with towering trees.

However, tragedy struck Tuesday. The state’s division of Occupational Safety and Health says an employee of FA Bartlett Tree Expert Company died.

Cal/OSHA described, “According to the outside source, the employee was pulled into the chipper during tree trimming operations.”


“We all feel sick and sad,” longtime resident Lisa Mitchell said. “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.”

Fellow workers were on scene Tuesday afternoon and said the company would not be releasing a statement.

Resident Mitchell explained the community is quite familiar with the company.

“We see a lot of their trucks,” she said. “So, I can only imagine what they’re feeling, because I’m sure they treat their employees like family and it’s just, it’s awful.”

When police arrived around 12:53 in the afternoon, they found the man dead from injuries sustained in that incident.

Resident Thanh Skinner said neighbors were previously alerted about tree-trimming operations in the area. However, they never imagined it would lead to a deadly incident.

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