Warehouse Worker Killed In Trash Compactor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A warehouse worker was crushed to death when he wound up inside an industrial trash compactor, authorities said.

Police said co-workers heard Gilberto Graza shouting, but no one witnessed Tuesday's accident. It was unclear how Graza, 37, got into the machine, used on an outdoor loading dock to pound down cardboard going into a large recycling container.

Graza was pronounced dead a short time after medics arrived at the Sears Logistics Services warehouse.

Police closed their investigation, satisfied the death was accidental, police spokeswoman Amanda Ford said Wednesday.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is interviewing warehouse managers and employees in hopes of determining how it occurred, said Deborah Zubaty, OSHA area director.

The local phone number for Sears Logistics Services rang busy Wednesday. A message seeking comment was left at the headquarters for Sears Holdings Corp. in Hoffman Estates, Ill.