Trash Worker Crushed by Compactor in Brooklyn

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 16, 2013 Last Updated: March 16, 2013
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Trash worker crushed: A worker at a trash plant was crushed in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Dumbo on Saturday.

A photo shows the Dumbo section of Brooklyn on Oct. 30, 2012 in New York. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A photo shows the Dumbo section of Brooklyn on Oct. 30, 2012 in New York. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A teenage recycling plant worker was killed Saturday by a trash compactor, it was reported.

Luis Camarillo, 18, was working on a truck at a plant in the Dumbo neighborhood when the compactor on the back of the truck hit him in the chest, according to The Associated Press. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

“The compactor comes down and he’s crushed,” a police official, who was not named, told The New York Times.

According to the New York Post, he was crushed by the compactor’s hydraulics system, a nearby worker said.

“The guy got squashed between the pay loader and the truck,” Tony Lima, who was nearby, told the Post.

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Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.

Lucero Ariza, Camarillo’s cousin, told the Post that his mother “is devastated.”

She added, “The pain of a mother has no words. That was her only son.”

Edmund Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the United States Labor Department, told the Times that the Manhattan office of the health and safety administration is looking into the matter.

The office’s investigation will determine if there were any workplace safety violations that led to the Camarillo’s death.

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