North Carolina construction accident claims life of backhoe operator

A Havelock, North Carolina construction accident claimed the life of a North Harlowe man when his backhoe overturned in a drainage ditch, according to the Sun Journal.

The 39-year-old man was killed when the backhoe slid into a drainage ditch and trapped him beneath it, according to a report released by the city. The accident happened at Budget Inn Suites on North Nunn Street.

The victim, who was described as a private contractor, was working with two others to clear dirt and place sod around the hotel when the accident happened at about 11:30 a.m. The city reports that the backhoe slid down a slight grade and overturned. The victim was ejected and the loader landed on top of him. The other workers were reportedly on the other side of the building at the time of the accident and did not immediately notice the backhoe had overturned. A hotel manager said she was not on duty at the time and could not provide additional information.

The accident is under investigation by the North Carolina Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that construction was the most dangerous occupation last year.

A total of 125 fatal North Carolina work accidents were reported last year, down from 161 reported in 2008. The leading causes of fatal accidents were transportation accidents, assault, falls, contact with objects or equipment, exposure to harmful substances and fatal injuries resulting from fire and explosions.

If you are injured in a North Carolina work accident, contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving all of North and South Carolina, including Asheboro, Greensboro and North Wilkesboro.

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