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A Florida man has been crushed to death by a bulldozer while he was using a porta-potty, authorities said.
Aaron Henderson, 43, was killed on Friday afternoon at the North Central Landfill in Polk County where he worked as a traffic controller, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.
The freak accident unfolded as employees were putting away equipment and preparing to shut down the site for the day.
The bulldozer operator had been driving his rig up an embankment at the time, but his view was partially blocked by the machinery’s elevated blade.
As the driver reached level ground and turned the bulldozer, he heard a loud crumble and realized he had plowed over the porta-potty.
“He immediately exited the bulldozer and ran towards the porta-potty to see if anyone was inside of it,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
“At that time, he observed Henderson unresponsive inside the porta-potty.”
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Henderson was a designated “spotter” at the landfill, which meant he was in charge of controlling the traffic of dump trucks coming in and out of the landfill.
Authorities described the ordeal as a “tragic, industrial accident.”