Spartanburg Co. employee dies after being trapped between trash container and wall

The Spartanburg County Coroner's Office is investigating after one person died at the Valley Fall recycling center on Wednesday
Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 5:33 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2022 at 2:33 PM EST
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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office said they’re investigating after a Spartanburg County employee died at the Valley Falls recycling collection center.

Officials said they responded to the center on Wednesday afternoon and found the victim trapped between a large trash container and a cement wall. Sadly, the victim was pronounced dead at 3:28 p.m.

The Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 65-year-old Michael Harrison Cooper from Spartanburg. They also confirmed that he is a Spartanburg County employee.

According to officials, a forensic exam will happen on Friday.

Spartanburg County shared that the collection center closed early Wednesday and will remain closed through the weekend.

The Coroner’s Office said they notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). They added that the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

OSHA officials released the following statement:

“SC OSHA will look for any OSHA violations that may have in any way contributed to the incident.”