A Portland maintenance and solid waste worker died Sunday at the city’s District Road facility, a city spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.
Martin Dinh, 46, of South Portland, was finishing his shift emptying municipal trash barrels in the downtown area and had driven his trash truck back to the city’s yard at District Road off outer Congress Street.
At about 10 a.m., Dinh got out of the city-owned truck and was then somehow killed by it. A resident discovered Dinh at about 1 p.m., the city said.
Portland spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said she could not provide any more details about how the death occurred. While investigations into the circumstances are ongoing, Grondin characterized the death as an accident, and City Manager Jon Jennings offered his condolences to Dinh’s fellow employees.
“I think of our City staff as one big family, and it is never easy when you lose one of your own, especially in such a tragic manner,” Jennings said in a statement. “We are all mourning Martin’s death, and praying for his wife and family during this extremely difficult time.”
Portland police and the medical examiner’s office responded to the death, and officers with the department’s traffic division are reconstructing the incident to determine what happened.
The state’s Department of Labor, which has jurisdiction over municipal employee safety, also has been contacted, but a spokeswoman for the department declined to provide any details, except to say that the death of a municipal employee had occurred.
Dinh had been employed by the city since August 2018. Grondin couldn’t recall the last time a city worker died on the job.
The site at District Road is home base for two groups of workers within the Department of Public Works, comprised of about 40 people divided between a water resources group and a solid waste group.
Administrators of the solid waste group work at a small office on site, and all maintenance employees who operate trash trucks start and end their day there, Grondin said.
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