Officials say a Santa Cruz County maintenance worker who died when he was pulled into a wood chipper had been an employee of the county for more than 40 years.
The worker was identified Tuesday as 60-year-old Henry Lira.
According to sheriff's reports, Lira was part of a four-person crew that was clearing brush on a rural road outside Watsonville on Monday morning when the accident happened. Lira was pronounced dead at the scene.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This is not the way you want to go. I can only imagine the horror of the people who saw this: Woodchipper Victim ID'd
Lira was a 40-year county employee, which just goes to show you that the risk of death and injury can actually increase when a veteran becomes too complacent about dangerous work.