A Tavares man has died after being crushed by pallets of dirt and mushrooms at a Zellwood processing plant.

  • Pallets of mushrooms fall on plant worker
  • OSHA, Orange County deputies investigating

Bruce Stevenson, 45, was moving pallets with a forklift late Monday night — some weighing between 800 to 1,000 pounds — at Monterey Mushrooms on Sadler Road when the stack of trays started shaking, according to an Orange County Sheriff's Office report.

Stevenson jumped off the forklift and tried to run, but the pallets fell on him, a witness told Sheriff's investigators.

He was taken to Florida Hospital Apopka, where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

Monterey Mushrooms General Manager Brian Hesse said he couldn't comment due to the ongoing investigation.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.