1-Ton Garbage Bale Hits, Kills Worker

OSHA will investigate
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 1, 2016 4:17 PM CST
In this Aug. 19, 2010, photo, wrapped bales of trash sit out in the open at the Hawaiian Waste Systems' facility in Honolulu.   (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

(Newser) – Authorities say a worker was fatally struck by a 1-ton garbage bale at a Philadelphia trash-transfer station, the AP reports. Police say the 42-year-old man was struck by the 2,000-pound bale at a Waste Management Inc. site Tuesday. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead just before 8:30am. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that a company representative identified him as a facility employee but declined to release further information about him.

A Waste Management spokesman called it "a day of profound sadness" for the victim's family and the company. He says the company is working with local authorities. A spokeswoman for the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration said the agency would investigate. (Read more accidental death stories.)

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