Backhoe operator killed by his machine in odd accident

Updated Oct 31, 2014

Worker killed in backhoe accident PhoenixA backhoe operator in Phoenix was found dead earlier this week in an accident with little in the way of explanation.

According to a report from, the operator’s co-workers went looking for him and found him dead, somehow becoming “tangled up” in the hydraulic arms in either the backhoe’s stick or boom.

His co-workers pulled him out and attempted to resuscitate him, but were unsuccessful.

Since it appears no one witnessed the accident, it’s unclear how the operator became tangled in such a way. But it’s definitely a reminder to operators everywhere that no matter how comfortable you are around these machines, they can be deadly in unexpected ways.