Man killed in apparent logging accident

California workplace regulators are investigating the death of a logger who was killed in an apparent logging accident in a remote area of Northern California.

The Times-Standard reports ( ) that Juan Eparaza Ruiz was found dead between two logs around 2:30 p.m. Thursday on property owned by Green Diamond Resource Company.

Humboldt County Deputy Coroner Roy Horton told the newspaper that it appears the 54-year-old Ruiz was killed when a felled log rolled onto him.

Green Diamond issued a statement Friday expressing its sympathies and describing Ruiz as an “experienced timber faller.”

The company says Ruiz was killed as he worked in an area about 20 miles north of Arcata.

California Department of Industrial Relations spokeswoman Patricia Ortiz says an investigator was on the scene Friday conducting interviews.

The investigation is expected to last two to four months.

Information from: Times-Standard,

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