A Massillon Parks and Recreation employee who was injured earlier this week in a mowing accident in Reservoir Park has died.
Robert Wornstaff, 44, of Massillon, died Friday afternoon in Aultman Hospital where he had been in the surgical intensive care unit since the Wednesday morning accident.
Wornstaff was rushed to the Canton hospital after the lawn mower he was operating flipped and landed on its top in Sippo Creek.
Wornstaff was part of a crew mowing the grass in the park at 905 Sippo Boulevard NE. He was mowing along the creek near the bridge off of Phillips Road NE when the accident happened.
He was pronounced dead at 1:50 p.m. Friday, according to Harry Campbell, chief investigator with the Stark County Coroner’s Office.
An autopsy will be performed over the weekend, he said.
The Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation’s Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP) has said it would be conducting an investigation to ensure the city is in compliance with state standards for safety.
Messages left for Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry and Safety-Service Director Barb Sylvester were not immediately returned Friday.
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