GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids Public Schools employee died Tuesday after a workplace accident, the district says.
The worker was a member of the operations team and was helping to maintain the district’s Briggs Field athletic facility using a riding lawn mower when the accident happened shortly after noon. GRPS did not release the details of the accident, but said it would be investigated.
The worker’s name was not released but the district said he had been working there for just under two years.
“(His death) is something that our entire team is devastated by and really struggling to grapple with today,” said Leon Hendrix, a spokesperson for GRPS.
Grand Rapids police are investigating, Hendrix said.
“We are a large school district but our team members are tight with one another,” he said. “This really just hits home for the entire district.”
GRPS said no children were around when the accident happened.
“We are devastated by this loss, and we are working with our crisis response personnel to ensure support is available for anyone who needs it,” Superintendent Dr. Leadriane Roby said in a statement. “In this difficult time, please keep our colleague’s family at work and at home in your thoughts.”
Briggs Field is alongside Briggs Park in the area of Lafayette Avenue and Dean Street NE.