NORMANDY, Mo. — A tree trimmer working for the city of Normandy died Monday after being hit by a fallen tree.
Several construction workers were cutting trees at the edge of Hölzelpark when one fell on one of the workers.
The scene has remained untouched since the incident. The Missouri branch of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.
The director of public works in Normandy said off-screen that there were three witnesses, all of whom were shocked to see what was a typical job gone horribly wrong.
The tree, which was hollow, had been marked for removal. You can still see the wedge that was cut from the tree to prepare its fall, which appeared to be going in the predicted direction.
Normandy Mayor Mark Beckmann said he was too choked to speak on camera but identified the clerk as Harold Parker.
Parker, 56, has worked for the city for about a year. Mayor Beckmann said everyone was so devastated that they would do nothing at the moment but mourn. Once they go through that process, he said they will conduct a debrief to determine exactly what happened to ensure it never happens again.
Mayor Beckman, who showed signs of shock throughout our conversation, called it a “tragic accidental accident” in which Parker somehow found himself under the falling tree.
The public works manager, who was one of the witnesses, said it appeared to be a fluke with nothing seeming to go wrong until the tree fell.
FOX 2 reached out to Parker’s family, who declined to comment.
Two park visitors also refused to speak on camera as they stared at the area in disbelief. One of them said he only wanted to have positive thoughts about a worker who gave his life to improve the park.
Several other trees remain marked with red Xs for removal, but this work is suspended indefinitely.
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