PA Landfill Worker Found Dead Following Accident Wednesday

Greentree Landfill

Greentree Landfill

The body of a missing Pennsylvania landfill worker who was buried when a mound of garbage and dirt slid down onto him has been found.

During a news conference at the site, Elk County Coroner Michelle Muccio said Pierce's body was recovered Friday afternoon and he was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:25 p.m.

"Our employees worked tirelessly since Wednesday and used every available resource in an effort to locate our missing team member", Advanced Disposal said in a release. Several employees were working in that area. All of the other landfill employees were rescued.

On Wednesday, a large portion of the landfill collapsed, "burying multiple workers and pieces of heavy machinery", said Trooper Bruce Morris, spokesman for the Ridgway state police barracks.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection records show the landfill was fined $8,500 in October 2015 for not being designed in a way to prevent hazards after an unspecified "incident response".

It wasn't immediately clear what those hazards were, and DEP press secretary Neil Shader said he couldn't immediately comment.

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