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Backhoe accident leaves one dead

Robin Moormeister

A construction worker was killed Friday evening when he became pinned under the arm of a backhoe at a home construction site on the 15000 block of McCourtney Road.

The man had been operating the machine by himself and had apparently walked around to the back when he became entangled in the mechanisms, said Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Battalion Chief Vern Canon.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office would not release the man’s name pending notification of next of kin.

The victim had been working for the construction company Norcal Construction.

Two other construction workers on site did not witness the accident, Canon said, because the backhoe was out of sight and over a hill in a small valley near a new structure on the property.

The workers reportedly loaded the man’s body into the back of the backhoe and drove it up near the house, then laid him on the ground.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate the man, who was pronounced dead approximately 15 minutes after workers called 911.

The workers leaned against equipment with their heads down near the man’s body, which they had covered in a blue tarp, as they awaited sheriff’s investigators to arrive to the scene.


To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@ theunion.com or call 477-4236.

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