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Countryside Tree Service


Justus Booze was killed when he was pulled into a wood chipper. It was his first day of work and he was helping to remove large trees and brush from a residential lot. The owner of Countryside, Tony Watson, did not offer any training to workers about the hazards of getting caught in a wood chipper or instruct workers on how to operate the machine safely. OSHA’s investigation also found that Watson had exposed workers to a host of other hazards.


District Attorney Soares

Incident Type

Caught in Machine




New York


May 4, 2016

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  • Media Clips & Gov't. Press

OSHA Inspection

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First Last Age Title Employer Injury Type
Justus Booze 23 Day Laborer Countryside Tree Service Fatality


Name Type Title Plea Information Conviction Sentence
Tony Watson None None Not available Watson contested nearly $67,000 in OSHA penalties in connection with the death of Booze, and an Administrative Law Judge affirmed the citations against Watson for willfully exposing his workers to laceration and amputation hazards.
Penal Crimes Charged

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Other Crimes Charged