“We think he was mowing the grass in what turned out to be a too steep incline,” said Stefan Dalhielm of the local police to newspaper Hallands Nyheter.
The man, who was employed by the local authorities, was mowing the lawn outside a train station in Kungsbacka just before 8am on Wednesday morning.
It is believed that he was trimming the edges next to an underpass by the station when the steep sloping ground made the ride-on mower topple over.
The man, who fell with the machine, went under the mower and was savaged badly by the blades. Despite the swift arrival of police and ambulance services the man’s life could not be saved.
“The continued investigation will prove the exact chain of events,” said Dalhielm to Hallands Nyheter.
According to figures from the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) from 2010, 6,000 people in Sweden seek medical attention annually for injuries sustained while carrying out gardening chores.
Motorized lawn mowers are the most common gardening tool to be involved in accidents. For men, 26.7 percent of gardening accidents involve a motorized mower.