Aaron Henderson was using a portable restroom when he was crushed to death by bulldozer (Pictures: WTSP/Facebook)
A man using a portable restroom was crushed to death by a bulldozer in a freak accident in Florida. Aaron Henderson, 40, was killed as employees put away equipment and prepared to shut down the North Central Landfill, where he worked as a traffic controller.
A bulldozer operator driving his machine up an embankment on Friday afternoon had his line of sight partially blocked by the rig’s elevated blade, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The blade was three to four feet off the ground, according to WTSP.
As the operator got to level ground and turned the bulldozer, he heard a big crumbling sound and realized he had plowed over a portaloo.
‘He immediately exited the bulldozer and ran towards the porta-potty to see if anyone was inside of it,’ the sheriff’s office stated. ‘At that time, he observed Henderson unresponsive inside the porta-potty.’
Henderson was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities called the incident a ‘tragic, industrial accident’ in the initial investigation.
As a ‘spotter’ at the landfill, Henderson was responsible for controlling traffic of dump trucks entering and exiting the landfill.
‘Last night’s incident was a tragic accident,’ stated Martha Santiago, chairwoman of the Board of County Commissioners. ‘Our Board asks that you keep the family and friends of the deceased in your thoughts and prayers.’
Both Henderson and the unnamed bulldozer operator worked for employment agency CertiTemp, which has a contract with Polk County.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into the accident, WFLA reported.
It is the first fatality at the Polk County landfill.
‘The Landfill is a dynamic, industrial environment with movement of hundreds of trucks coming to unload heavy equipment at the Landfill all day long,’ County Manager Bill Beasley stated. ‘We have never experienced anything like this here.’
Henderson, of Winter Haven, is survived by several children, according to social media posts.
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