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Garbage Collector Killed in San Antonio

Jonathan Hernandez8 months ago

KSAT 12 News in San Antonio is reporting that a garbage collector was killed on Tuesday morning after he was caught in a trash collector in northwest Bexar County.

Details about the Garbage Truck Accident

According to officials from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, the Metro Waste Systems employee was found dead at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday in the solid waste truck in the 1300 block of Dezarae. At this point in the investigation, it is not known how the worked ended up in the truck.

A neighbor who lives in the area told KSAT 12 News that she witnessed the victim pick up a couple of trash bins, when suddenly there was a lot of commotion around the area of the truck.

The name of the victim has not been released yet as deputies are in the process of informing the worker’s family about the fatality.

Important Information about On-the-Job Accidents

According to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of workers while on-the-job every year in the United States:

  • 4,679 workers were killed while on the job in 2014.
  • The leading causes of deaths in the construction industry is falls, being caught in between an object, being struck by an object, and electrocution.
  • Eliminating those four types of injuries would save over 500 lives of workers every year in the United States. 

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