68-Year-Old UPS Vendor Dead After Falling into Trash Compactor, Authorities Say

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office said the victim was identified as Juan Pablo Chavez Palacios

<p>Cowlick Creative/Getty</p> A UPS trailer ready for pickup.

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A UPS trailer ready for pickup.

A vendor for UPS died last week after falling into a trash compactor at the shipping company’s facility in Dallas, authorities said.

The Dallas Fire-Rescue (DFR) said in a statement that on Thursday, May 16, its units responded to an emergency call around 10:55 a.m. local time for an "industrial accident" that reportedly involved an individual who "fell into the trash compactor" at the UPS facility at 10155 Monroe Drive.

“As part of that response, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team was dispatched to extricate the person, whose state was unknown at the time," authorities said. "However, it has since been confirmed that the person inside the compactor is deceased.”

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When reached by PEOPLE, the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identity of the victim as Juan Pablo Chavez Palacios, 68.

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UPS said in a statement shared with PEOPLE that they "were saddened to hear of the accident involving a vendor for UPS on May 16 in Dallas."

"We’re working with authorities to investigate and defer additional questions to the responding authorities," the company said.

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It remains unclear at this time what caused the 68-year-old victim to fall into the compactor.

A spokesperson for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) told PEOPLE that the agency is investigating the matter but offered no further comment until the investigation is completed. 

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