A worker was killed after he was pinned between the arm of the machine he was operating and its cab while clearing trees at the Naugatuck High School Wednesday afternoon.
Police authorities identified the worker as 32-year-old Luis Albaro Ortega-Ortega. Reports say that the worker was using a mini excavator in the upper parking lot off of Millville Avenue in order to cut a tree when Ortega-Ortega became trapped between the machine’s arm and its cab at around 1:25 in the afternoon. Ortega-Ortega was working for the Valley Tree Landscaping Services which hired by the Naugatuck High School building committee to cut trees that overlooks at the high school’s athletic fields.
Fellow workers rushed to his aid and removed him from the machine. He was said to be alive when rescuers arrived at the scene. Ortega-Ortega was immediately rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Police were at the scene to investigate the fatal incident that led to the death of the worker.
According to OSHA, Ortega-Ortega’s Naugatuck-based employer has no past violations nor did it have any complaints filed against them with the Better Business Bureau.