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Sacramento Goodwill worker fatally injured, had trash compactor duty

Abraham Garza
Abraham Garza

An employee who died after suffering a head injury at a Goodwill store in south Sacramento had been working as a spotter making sure bins aligned with a trash compactor, state and local authorities said.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the man’s death.

The victim, later identified as Abraham Garza, was taken by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center with a head injury, said Chris Harvey, Sacramento Fire Department spokesman.

Cal-OSHA received a report about 2 p.m. Friday that an employee had been seriously injured at the Goodwill store at 6648 Franklin Boulevard, said Julia Bernstein, a spokeswoman for the state agency.

Two investigators went to the store and learned the worker had died after being taken to the hospital, she said.

Goodwill is a nonprofit that uses revenue from selling donations to train disabled and disadvantaged individuals for employment.

Some of its locations use large industrial compactors to dispose of refuse.

Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada posted a statement on its website saying it had “lost a team member at our Franklin location due to an industrial accident. We are deeply saddened and shocked, and ask that the community keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

“Goodwill is working with the appropriate authorities to better understand the events that took place,” the statement said. “As soon as an investigation is completed, we will be able to inform the public of the events that led to this tragic accident. The victim’s name is not being released pending family notification.”

“The Franklin Outlet will be closed until further notice,” it said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy