Waste disposal worker killed by equipment

A Peabody Police cruiser sits in the yard at Allied Waste Services on Forest Street after a man was killed Friday morning in an accident

PEABODY — A Wilmington man was killed late Friday morning while working at a waste disposal business on Forest Street.

Joshua Black, 26, of Wilmington, was declared dead at the scene after he was run over by a front-end loader at Allied Waste Services at 300 Forest St., according to Police Capt. Dennis Bonaiuto.

Allied Waste Services is a waste disposal and recycling facility, just off the northbound side of Route 1.

The accident was first reported at 11:22 a.m. First responders said Black wasn't breathing and had no pulse when they arrived. He was declared dead minutes later, according to scanner reports.

Bonaiuto declined to describe the nature of Black's injuries, except to say that "they were very serious" and resulted in his death.

The circumstances surrounding Black's death are part of an ongoing investigation between Peabody police, detectives from District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett's office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Bonaiuto said.

Emergency crews have been sent to Allied Waste Services for other incidents, including a couple fires in recent years, according to Peabody Fire Capt. Tom Tremblay.

While there were few details available yesterday, police were able to disclose that Black wasn't using the construction vehicle prior to getting hit, and that somebody else was operating it, Bonaiuto said.

Police officers were still at the scene around 1 p.m., gathered near the entrance to the main building where waste materials are piled.

While what caused the fatal accident remains unclear, Bonaiuto says it is ever-more tragic because of its timing — less than a day after Thanksgiving.

"Our thoughts are with everybody involved, the families involved, especially around this time of year with the holidays," Bonaiuto said. "It's a very tragic situation. It brings an additional level of sadness."

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