Journal Published Online: 01 September 2002
Volume 47, Issue 5

Death by Compaction in a Garbage Truck



We report on two deaths by compaction in a garbage truck that recently occurred in this county. In both cases, the victim apparently climbed into a recycling dumpster to sleep, and was emptied with the contents of the receptacle into a garbage truck. Subsequent compaction of the victim with the load led to death. We also discuss several similar fatalities that have been reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Staats, PN
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Jumbelic, MI
Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office, Syracuse, NY
Dignan, CR
Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office, Syracuse, NY
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ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS15517J