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Vineyard Worker Fatally Crushed Under Tractor Tiller In Sonoma County

SONOMA (CBS SF) -- A man died while working with a tractor in a Sonoma County vineyard Tuesday morning, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health confirmed.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office identified the deceased as 34-year-old Franklin Palacios Carrillo, of Fairfield.

Carrillo was fatally injured around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday while he was cleaning mower equipment at 2340 Napa Rd., according to a report Cal/OSHA received from Walsh Vineyards Management.

Sonoma County sheriff's deputies determined Carrillo died after becoming trapped and crushed under a tiller attachment to the tractor, Sgt. Spencer Crum said.

Carrillo was trying to free vineyard wire from the tractor's tilling tines. A worker found Carrillo dead under the tiller and called authorities.

Cal/OSHA is investigating the death.

Spokesman Frank Polizzi said Cal/OSHA has six months to issue any citations for violations of workplace safety regulations.

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