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Fayetteville garbage truck runs over, kills worker

Posted October 26, 2011

— A Fayetteville sanitation worker died Tuesday after being run over by the truck on which he was working, authorities said.

Jordan Nanney, 20, was riding on the back of the garbage truck in the Birch Creek neighborhood, off Lakewood Road, when he fell off shortly before 8:30 a.m., authorities said.

Driver Wilbert Gardner didn't see Nanney fall and backed the truck over him, killing him, authorities said.


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  • fayncmike Nov 2, 2011

    "It would have been nice if the city had install pressure plates on the truck to notify the driver when a rider has stepped off of the back of his designated area on the garbage truck. I am surprised that OSHA had not made this a requirement for all garbage trucks. Maybe it hasn’t been invented yet. You could also add a kill switches that would eliminate backing up if a rider weight (worker) is not on the pressure switch.

    I live on a cul-de-sac and I've seen the guys hop off while the truck was still backing up. The driver wouldn't have been alarmed to see pressure off the pressure plate.

  • SouthernGirlJD Oct 27, 2011

    This is so sad, prayers for the young man killed and for the driver of the truck.

  • dramadeedee Oct 27, 2011

    My prayers go out to his family and freinds

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Oct 27, 2011

    Wow. Question is how can this be prevented from happening again? Standing on the back of a large moving truck with lots of blind spots is a recipe for disaster to begin with. It would be interesting to know how often this happens on a national scale. Poor guy. RIP.

  • gdelliott43 Oct 27, 2011

    RIP.....sad story, prayers for his family.

  • dae66 Oct 27, 2011

    How awful. :(

  • justabumer Oct 26, 2011

    This wasn't actually within the Fayetteville city limits and I'm fairly certain that it was a truck from an independent garbage service, not from the city.

  • bombayrunner Oct 26, 2011

    sad to hear this one. those men sure work hard and we certainly appreciate it.

  • sunshine1040 Oct 26, 2011

    so sorry for the young man and the other workers that were on the truck or saw this happen

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 26, 2011

    Yep in hind sight, there is alway safety devices that could be implemented to prevent death, but they do cost and most companies fail to do safety reviews that would initiate preventative measures. Reason being is most companies don't have personnel who is trained in performing preventative action analysis.