ELLERY – The Monday afternoon death of a Westfield man dumping garbage at the Chautauqua County Landfill has been ruled an accident.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says 56-year-old Scott Deming was standing behind a large pile of garbage and debris he had just dumped from his truck around 1:30 p.m. before he was killed.
Deputies say a bulldozer at the landfill did not know Deming was standing behind the pile when they started to push it into a derby pit.
Investigators say Deming was struck by the bulldozer and later pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel.
The Sheriff’s Office says Deming worked for an independent commercial business that was using the county’s facilities.
Deputies say their investigation continues; however, they are not expected to press charges on the bulldozer driver.
The Chautauqua County Emergency Services Office, Sinclairville Fire Department and County Coroner’s Office assisted deputies at the scene.