Backhoes are commonly used on construction sites for digging, moving piles of dirt or stone and a number of other tasks. Like most large machines, they perform functions on a larger scale than a person could do alone thanks to their sheer size and the aid of hydraulics.
On Oct. 15, a Cle Elum man died in a backhoe accident, the Yakima Herald reported. This is the most recent such death, but it is certainly not the first.
Shawn Tolbert was killed while standing beside the running machine when the boom arm used for digging suddenly swung, pinning him against another part of the backhoe. Continue reading