Man killed in Amherst tree-cutting incident identified, mourned 

  • Emergency crews from Amherst arrive at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/Andy Castillo

Staff Writer
Published: 12/13/2018 10:24:15 AM

AMHERST — Thomas Moszynski​, 38, of Easthampton, has been identified as the man who died in a tree-cutting incident in Amherst Tuesday morning, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Moszynski was doing work on Flat Hills Road when a part of the tree struck him around 9 a.m. He was transported from the location of the incident to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

Amherst Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Northwestern district attorney’s office responded to the scene. No foul play is suspected.

Kate Nevins of Plainfield said in an email that Moszynski, who everyone knew as Tommy, was her husband’s best friend, the brother she never had and the best man at her wedding, as well as the godfather to her 9-year-old son, Blake, who is devastated that his Uncle Tommy is gone.

“We have plans for Christmas, and it’s so hard to believe that our Tommy will not be with us this year,” Nevins said, observing that he never missed a birthday or Christmas. “Tommy took an oath for my son at his baptism and never, ever took that for granted.”

Nevins added that Moszynski had numerous friends with whom he would travel and spend time. He also enjoyed spending time with his dog, an Australian shepherd who was always by his side.

“Our family will forever mourn the loss of Tommy,” Nevins said.

A compliance officer from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded to the scene of the incident at the request of police.

Mary Hoye, area director for OSHA’s Springfield office, said Thursday that an investigation is underway. 

“We do have an open investigation and are looking into what happened,” Hoye said.

The agency has up to six months to complete its work, but Hoye said she anticipates it will be done sooner.

The property on which the incident happened is a wooded parcel previously owned by the Amherst A Better Chance Committee. It was sold to a Westfield developer in August.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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