Shortly after midnight last night, authorities responded to an area near the Disney property, close to the Animal Kingdom park. Two workers were emptying grease byproduct into a vat from a tractor trailer. One of the workers slipped and fell into the vat. His co-worker attempted to rescue him but was unsuccessful. The 61 year old was overcome by fumes from the vat and passed away.
The Reedy Creek Fire Department assisted in retrieving the man’s body. His name has not yet been released.
A Disney representative said that the victim was employed by a Massachusetts based company called Harvest Power. They specialize in food waste conversion, turning it into biofuels, compost and fertilizer. Their Orlando location recycles organic waster for the Reedy Creek Improvement District.
Meredith Sorensen, Harvest Power spokeswoman stated, “This was a tragic accident. We’re all deeply saddened by the loss of this coworker. We are in shock and grief, and figuring out what happened.”
Authorities are still investigating.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and coworkers.