Herkimer man killed after industrial accident at Solid Waste Authority

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Herkimer man has been killed after an industrial accident at the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority on Leland Ave in Utica.

According to authorities, a payloader was pushing an industrial-sized dumpster toward a garbage compactor Friday shortly after Noon on Friday when employee Kelvin Sperry, 56, of Herkimer, was caught in between the compactor and dumpster and killed.

Utica Police are investigating the incident and said they are talking to the driver of the payloader as they reconstruct the scene. Sgt. Steve Hauck of the Utica Police Department said that since the Solid Waste Authority is a government entity, OSHA does not regulate them.

It is the second time this year that a man was killed at the Solid Waste Authority. In the early morning hours of January 21, police say William Pope, 28, of Blossvale was working for Bliss Environmental Services of Rome. Pope was emptying his truck and realized he had left the truck in gear. Authorities said Pope had attempted to get back into the truck and fell between the truck and a building, landing under the truck, which ran him over. Rescue crews were able to free him and he was transported to a hospital where he later died from his injuries.


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