Pasco landfill worker found dead in apparent machinery accident

Last Updated: Monday, March 05, 2018, 10:37 AM EST

An investigation is ongoing into the death of a worker killed at a Pasco County landfill.

The 46-year-old worker at a private landfill in Hudson was found dead Saturday morning in what deputies say appears to be a work-related accident.

  • Deputies: Landfill worker found dead in apparent accident
  • Man was found at privately owned landfill in Hudson
  • Investigators say death is not suspicious at this time

The body of the man, whose name has not been released, was found at Coastal Landfill Disposal, a privately owned landfill at 11416 Houston Ave.

The death doesn't appear to be suspicious.

Pasco County Sheriff's investigators said the worker had been in a trash shredding machine clearing a jam when he instructed other workers to restart the machine.

After approximately 1 to 2 hours, the other workers realized they had not seen the victim and did not know where the victim was since repairing the machine. They began digging through the debris the machine discarded into the landfill and located the victim’s body.  

The Sheriff's Office's forensics unit as well as officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.