Landscaping business owner in Leicester dies following minor construction vehicle accident

The owner of a Leicester landscaping business was killed after being pinned under a small construction vehicle on Friday in a garage that housed the business, officials said.

The victim has been identified as Robert Stuart Jr., 51, in a statement released Saturday by the Worcester District Attorney’s Office. His death appears to be a tragic accident, according to Leicester Police Chief Kenneth Antanavica.

Leicester Police, Fire and EMS attended 66 King St. to report a man trapped under a piece of equipment around 11:49 a.m. Friday, the statement said.

Stuart was found trapped under a compact loader, which is often used for digging. The machinery was stabilized before he was removed, but first responders discovered he had succumbed to his injuries, the district attorney’s office said.

Stuart was working on a piece of equipment in his garage that houses Evergreen Lawn Maintenance & Landscape Corp., the district attorney’s office said. Stuart owned the business, according to state records.

The garage was in a commercial part of the property and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was also called to the scene, according to the statement.

“All first responders in the City of Leicester offered their thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the victim,” the statement said.

About the company websiteStuart wrote that he had owned and operated the business for over 25 years.

“I am driven and dedicated to my work and have a strong desire to continue learning and growing with each new venture,” he wrote.

The company has worked on many commercial and residential projects, some with Worcester Housing Authority and the Worcester Parks Department, according to the website.

The incident is still under investigation.

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