A 31-year-old worker was crushed to death by a 1-ton bale of recycled materials at a Fort Worth, TX, plant late last month.

Renisha Mitchell, 31, of Fort Worth, died in an incident that occurred Jan. 31 at 2:30 a.m. at Republic Services on Elliott Reeder Road near Carson Street, just south of Airport Freeway.

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A 1-ton bale of recycled material had fallen on the woman inside the warehouse of the location, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Round bales of material were stacked three high and became unstable, which caused two bales to fall and one of them crushed the woman, police said.

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Republic Services released a statement on the incident:

“It is with great sadness for the entire Republic Services family that we learned early this morning that one of our employees will not be making it back home safely to her family. We are mourning the loss of our friend and coworker, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family, her children and loved ones. Republic is fully cooperating with the local authorities.”

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