JERSEY CITY, NJ – Statement from Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari regarding a fatality at Lincoln Recycling Plaint in North Bergen yesterday.
“At approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, December 14th, the North Bergen Police Department & EMS, along with the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the report of a man trapped under a forklift at the Lincoln Recycling Plant on 4711 Dell Avenue in North Bergen.
Arriving units found Rigoberto Guerrero, 52, of Union City, pinned under a forklift and seriously injured.
Workers at the plant used an excavator and a front end loader to lift the forklift off the victim to allow rescue workers to treat him.
Sheriff’s Crash Investigators were told the victim was operating the forklift. At some point, the forklift became stuck. The victim was then ejected from the forklift, onto the sidewalk.
North Bergen Police & EMS rendered aid and transported Mr. Guerrero to Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also responded to the scene to investigate the incident.”
Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari