NPS Stops Mowing After Death

Accident prompts safety review

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway     Photo: Soil Science/Flickr

The National Park Service on Friday suspended lawn mowing in all national parks following the death of a worker who fell more than 140 feet after losing control of a riding mower on May 7. Dana Bruce, 63, died in the Blue Ridge Parkway when his mower slipped off the edge of a steep, rocky embankment as he tried to steer around a trash bin, according to a witness. OSHA is investigating the accident and will resume once employees are briefed on mower safety procedures and equipment, a process that could take weeks at larger parks.

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