OSHA to Investigate Fatal Stump Grinder Accident

June 24, 2013

Officials are investigating a fatal accident involving a stump grinder that killed a tree service worker in Portsmouth, N.H.

Police say 43-year-old Matthew Morasse of Rochester was killed on the job on Thursday.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Morasse was an employee of Urban Tree Service of Rochester and was working alone at the time.

Urban Tree Service President Ed Hopkins says it was a tragic accident and the company is trying to understand how to cope with it. He says the company has lost a valuable member of its team.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating to figure out what happened.

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