December 18, 1987 |
A 16-year-old supermarket clerk was seriously injured yesterday when he was crushed inside a trash compactor, apparently while playing with another teenager who activated the machine, Haverford Township police said. The clerk, Daniel Jerdan, of the 6700 block of Lansdowne Avenue in Philadelphia's Overbrook section, was in fair condition last night in the pediatric intensive-care unit of Hahnemann University Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said. He suffered stomach injuries and a broken left leg and right arm, she said.
November 16, 1993 |
One day last spring, a city sanitation crew finished its route and parked its big blue 32-yard compactor truck at the northwest sanitation yard in Roxborough. Moments later, workers smelled smoke and looked out to see the truck ablaze. The truck was destroyed. The fire was the eighth to occur in the 32-yarders, pride of the city's sanitation fleet, and the second that totalled a vehicle. A hundred 32-yard compactors, purchased in 1988 and '89, were to bring a new age of efficiency in Philadelphia trash collection.
April 21, 2006 |
If you had to be evacuated from your home due to a hazardous chemical emergency, yesterday's clear spring weather provided a good day for it. Dozens of residents of the 2100 block of East Monmouth Street in Kensington were temporarily displaced from their homes and forced to stand outside a safe distance away for about a half hour after a city sanitation worker and two nearby parked cars were exposed to the fumes from a discarded fire extinguisher, police...
December 25, 1999 |
Four masked gunmen robbed 18 B.J.'s Wholesale Club employees, locked the workers in a large cardboard compactor, and ransacked the store late Thursday night, police said yesterday. The gunmen forced the manager to unlock the jewelry and video-camera sections of the store at 2054 Red Lion Rd. They took the merchandise after locking the manager in the trash bin, too. The store uses the compactor - 20 feet long and six feet high - to compress cardboard into blocks. It is is just outside the store and connected to the main building by a ramp and a door.
July 11, 1998 |
Investigators are looking into whether afterbirth found outside a hospital in West Chester matches the newborn baby discovered on June 28, some 45 miles away in a metal trash basket at a Delaware car wash. A placenta and attached umbilical cord were discovered in an outdoor trash compactor at Chester County Hospital about 6:30 a.m. June 29 - less than 24 hours after the baby's body was found at a car wash in Smyrna, Del., said Rodger Rothenberger, chief Chester County coroner. Rothenberger's office gave the afterbirth to the Delaware state medical examiner's office on June 29 for DNA testing to determine whether it matches the abandoned baby, he said.
March 15, 1995 |
A West Oak Lane woman was charged with murder yesterday after trash collectors found her 3-day-old baby dead among the rubbish in their truck. The woman was identified as Michelle Bailey, 24, of 20th Street near 66th Avenue. She also was charged with possession of an instrument of crime, abuse of a corpse and endangering the welfare of a child. Police said the woman admitted that the baby was hers. She was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital for observation. The baby, a boy, was born alive early Saturday, police said.
May 10, 1990 |
A May 2 fire at Whitford Industries is still under investigation by the Chester County fire marshal. The fire, which began overnight, has been ruled accidental, but officials are searching for the cause, said Fire Marshal William H. Winters. The fire probably started in an industrial trash compactor attached to the rear of the building or in the trash bin attached to the compactor, he said. Firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading to the manufacturing section of the plant.
October 8, 1993 |
The Rendell administration is supposed to be changing work rules, job descriptions and schedules to increase efficiency. How has it affected city employees? Ask workers finishing a shift at the sanitation yard at 7th and Pattison, and they'll say they don't know what you're talking about. What they will say, with profanity in profusion, is that they're ticked off at the Rendell administration and the labor contract they were handed a year ago. None would give their names, but everyone gave it to their bosses.
March 24, 1987 |
The firemen said that because of the thick smoke, the two brothers and a sister who leaped from the 33d floor probably never saw anything until they broke out into clear sky halfway down, about the 15th floor, and now they had only a swift glimpse of the end of life before smacking dead on the cement courtyard. The firemen said they learned that bodies falling from that height do not land with a thud. "Shotgun going off," one of them said. "Just like a shotgun," the other said.
July 16, 2010
THE HEADLINES promoted by the controller's review of the BigBelly compactor program do not reflect the facts. Before installing the units in Center City, the Streets Department relied on 33 workers to collect litter baskets 24 hours a day, seven days week. We now use 70 percent fewer people who work a single shift, five days a week. The savings from the elimination of 24 positions through attrition are unquestionable. Regarding the report's speculation that a distributor could have cost less than purchasing direct from the manufacturer, there is an acknowledgment in the report's details that they could not verify the claim of lower price availability.