A 26-year-old Wilmington man was killed Friday in an industrial accident in Peabody, officials said.

Joshua Black was run over by a front-end loader at Waste Support Services at 300 Forest St. just before 11:30 a.m, said police Captain Dennis Bonaiuto. The cause of the accident was not clear, but police Lieutenant Arthur Yeo said Friday night that Black had been lifting a manhole cover when he was struck.

Black was employed by Wayne’s Drains, according to Yeo, who said the company was doing work on the drains at Waste Support Services.

Black was pronounced dead at the scene, Yeo said. He had only been working for Wayne’s Drains for a short period of time, Yeo said.


“He was a very warm, loving, caring person who protected the underdog,” said his mother, Therese Black.

State Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were investigating, Yeo said.

Calls to Wayne’s Drains and Waste Support Services were not returned Friday night.

Courtney Peck of Tewksbury graduated with Black from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in 2007 and remembered him as a “nice kid.”

“He was a wonderful guy,” Peck said. “Always joking and making everyone laugh.”

Globe correspondent Trisha Thadani contributed to this report. Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com. Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com.