A man from Illinois was killed in a landfill accident.
Details about the Fatal Landfill Accident
Multiple sources are reporting that a 54-year-old man was killed when he was buried under the weight of a garbage truck and its contents that tipped over at a Rockford landfill.
Gonzalo Trevino Sr. died on Thursday at the Winnebago Landfill. According to authorities, the garbage truck was carrying about 80,000 pound of building debris like, concrete, steel, and wood.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating the accident, but the Winnebago County coroner says that it is likely that Trevino Sr. was killed due to blunt force trauma to both the abdomen and the chest.
Fire Chief Alan Carlson, from New Milford, stated that Trevino was unloading another garbage truck when the load from the second garbage trucks shifted, fell, and buried the man.
Important Information about On-the-Job Accidents
According to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people killed in on-the-job accidents every year in the United States:
- In 2014, there were a total of 4,679 workers who were killed on-the-job.
- 789 Hispanic or Latino workers were killed in on-the-job accidents in 2014.
- On average, there were about 13 on-the-job fatalities every day in the United States.