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.)