An initial report indicated a male drowned in a pond with the lawnmower overturned and pinned him beneath the water.
Fairfield Deputy Fire Chief Randy McCreadie said the person was mowing next to the pond, but it’s uncertain how, at this time, the mower turned and landed on top of him, and the machine and rider went into the pond.
Fire crews were able to get him from the zero-turn mower, McCreadie said, and the victim was transported by ambulance to Mercy Health-Fairfield in order to be transported by medical helicopter to University Hospital in Clifton.
The male is listed in critical condition at this time, police report.
The city of Fairfield will soon provide more information, officials said. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has responded to the scene, according to officials. They state the employer of the lawnmower operator is an employee of All Seasons Lawn & Snow.
Once an OSHA investigation has opened, the federal agency has six months to complete it. If violations of workplace safety or health regulations are found, the agency can issue a citation and/or propose monetary penalties.