Landscaper critically injured by stump grinder

Posted: March 22, 2011

A landscaper was critically injured today when his torso was caught in a stump grinder, police said.

Landscapers from a Mount Laurel company were loading the machine onto a trailer when it appeared to accidentally turn shortly after 11 a.m., said Evesham Police Lt. Walt Miller. The crew had been finishing up grinding tree stumps at the township's Board of Education building.

The victim was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, Miller said. The victim is about 35-year-old and from Washington state, though he may have a local address, police said.

Police did not release the name of the Mount Laurel company doing the tree removal.

Authorities have contacted the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.


Contact staff writer Darran Simon at 856-779-3829 or dsimon@phillynews.com.

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