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Worker killed in dumpster accident in South Royalton

This article was published by the Valley News on Feb. 6.

SOUTH ROYALTON — A waste management employee died Wednesday after he was trapped underneath a dumpster outside a South Royalton restaurant, according to police. 

Kenny Greenslit, 57, of Granville, was working in the parking lot of the Worthy Burger restaurant on 56 Rainbow St. around 1 p.m. when he got trapped, Royalton police wrote in a news release.

South Royalton firefighters, Royalton police and the South Royalton Rescue Squad responded to the lot and tried to free Greenslit, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Greenslit, was an employee with A.B.L.E. Waste, which is based in Plymouth, Vermont, and owns the dumpsters outside the restaurant, according to police. When reached by phone Thursday, an A.B.L.E. spokesperson declined to comment on the incident.

Royalton police are still investigating how Greenslit got trapped under the dumpster, though Chief Loretta Stalnaker said authorities believe it was accidental. 

Vermont’s  Occupational Safety and Health Administration is gathering information about the incident and considering whether to begin an investigation, according to Kyle Thweatt, a spokesperson for VOSHA.

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