Worker still in critical condition in Napa from wood chipper incident

A 24-year-old man was still in critical condition Wednesday afternoon after becoming injured while operating a wood chipper for a tree-trimming project in Napa on Tuesday, according to officials.

The man, identified in media reports as Jeremy Booth, was working with Gorilla Tree Service on a city neighborhood improvement project on Karen Drive when he was injured shortly after 1 p.m.

A spokesperson at Queen of the Valley Medical Center said Booth remained in critical condition Wednesday.

The city contractor was trimming and removing problem street trees before repaving a portion of the Broadmoor neighborhood.

Cal/OSHA is investigating, officials said. A wood chipper was responsible for the worker’s injuries, but it could take up to six months for Cal/OSHA to issue a report, Frank Polizzi of Cal/OSHA said Wednesday.

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A representative with Gorilla Tree Service in Napa was not available for a comment on the incident at mid-day Wednesday.

A GoFundMe page created Wednesday raised $1,705 for Booth’s family. For more information or to donate, visit


Public Safety Reporter

Maria Sestito is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She covers breaking news as well as crime and courts. Maria came to the Napa Valley Register in 2015 after working at as a reporter and photographer at The Daily News in Jacksonville, NC. S