A father of two and volunteer firefighter, who was also a longtime employee of the North Ocean County Recycling Center, was crushed to death in a dumpster at the Lakewood, New Jersey, facility, authorities said Friday.
Timothy Hannold On Wednesday, he was among the workers assigned to move a dumpster that had just been delivered to the center, police said. At some point during the process, Hannold, 50, a resident of West Creek in Eagleswood Township, climbed inside the container – a gesture that his colleagues did not notice.
“Unaware of his presence, they continued to try to right the dumpster, causing the doors to move and the doors to become stuck. [Hannold] against an inside wall,” Lakewood captain Gregory Staffordsmith said. NJ.com. “Unfortunately, he did not survive.”
The authorities were called to the dump around 10:15 a.m. to investigate reports of a worker killed at the facility, according to the Asbury Park Press. Hannold was pronounced dead at the scene.
Angela Delli Santi, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor – which oversees the Department of Public Employee Occupational Safety and Health – confirmed that an investigation was underway into the incident. She declined to provide further details.
According to his obituary, Hannold had worked for 22 years as a recycling operations supervisor for the Ocean County Solid Waste Management Department, “a position he was passionate about.” He was also a “life member of the Parkertown Volunteer Fire Department, Station 70.”
In addition to loving drumming, tinkering with his truck, and spending time with his family, Hannold was also a member of the Pines Club, “a hunting club where he played more poker than hunting.”
He is survived by his wife Jessica, aged 10, his son Kaden, aged 21, and his daughter Abigail, aged 7.