(EMMETT TOWNSHIP) -- A 59-year old Emmett man was killed Thursday evening while using a skid steer on a farm. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. The victim, Harry John Bitel, was using the skid steer to stake off a large pine tree that had tipped over due to heavy rain. The skid steer malfunctioned when Bitel was attempting to loosen the straps on the tree and trapped him between the bucket and the cab of the machine. Sheriff Donnellon says the man was pronounced dead at the scene.