SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Spotsylvania County employee was killed Thursday morning in an accident involving an industrialized stationary compactor at a trash and recycling center, the county’s sheriff’s office said.

The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office said the worker was found dead trapped inside the compactor when deputies, fire and rescue personnel responded to the Chancellor Convenience Center, a recycling center, landfill and trash drop-off site located at 5917 Harrison Road.

The employee, identified as Brandon Nutter, had been a heavy equipment mechanic with the county’s solid waste collections division since June 21. He was 28.

“Spotsylvania County is deeply saddened and devastated by the loss of one of our own, Brandon Michael Nutter, who was tragically killed this morning while working at the Chancellor Convenience Center,” Michelle McGinnis, a spokesperson for the county, said in a statement.

An investigation into the accident is underway, according to the sheriff’s office, and the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Department is working with detectives at the scene. The center will stay closed until 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 9.

“We would like to extend our sincerest heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Nutter and wish them strength, comfort and peace as they navigate the difficult times ahead.”