Worker sent to hospital after excavator accident

Joe Gibbons
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Published on July 28, 2014

Firefighters from the St. John's Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) and Eastern Health paramedics responded to a workplace accident on Stonegate Crescent in Mount Pearl on Monday afternoon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Published on July 28, 2014

Firefighters from the St. John's Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) and Eastern Health paramedics responded to a workplace accident on Stonegate Crescent in Mount Pearl on Monday afternoon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Published on July 28, 2014

Firefighters from the St. John's Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) and Eastern Health paramedics responded to a workplace accident on Stonegate Crescent in Mount Pearl on Monday afternoon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Published on July 28, 2014

Firefighters from the St. John's Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) and Eastern Health paramedics responded to a workplace accident on Stonegate Crescent in Mount Pearl on Monday afternoon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Published on July 28, 2014

Firefighters from the St. John's Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) and Eastern Health paramedics responded to a workplace accident on Stonegate Crescent in Mount Pearl on Monday afternoon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Published on July 28, 2014

Firefighters from the St. John's Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) and Eastern Health paramedics responded to a workplace accident on Stonegate Crescent in Mount Pearl on Monday afternoon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Published on July 28, 2014

Firefighters from the St. John's Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) and Eastern Health paramedics responded to a workplace accident on Stonegate Crescent in Mount Pearl on Monday afternoon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Published on July 28, 2014

Firefighters from the St. John's Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) and Eastern Health paramedics responded to a workplace accident on Stonegate Crescent in Mount Pearl on Monday afternoon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Published on July 28, 2014

Firefighters from the St. John's Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) and Eastern Health paramedics responded to a workplace accident on Stonegate Crescent in Mount Pearl on Monday afternoon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Published on July 28, 2014

Firefighters from the St. John's Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) and Eastern Health paramedics responded to a workplace accident on Stonegate Crescent in Mount Pearl on Monday afternoon. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Firefighters from the St. John's Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) and Eastern Health paramedics responded to a workplace accident on Stonegate Crescent in Mount Pearl on Monday afternoon.

At 2:45 p.m., an employee of L.C.E.C. Excavating Ltd. was backing a mini Bobcat excavator off of a flatbed trailer when the machine toppled onto its side on the asphalt.

The driver was standing in the cab of the mini excavator with a streak of blood visible running down the right side of his head, when The Telegram arrived on the scene.

He was conscious and talking to the female paramedic who climbed into the cab of the Bobcat and kept his head stabilized as firefighters used extracation equipment to stabilize the machine. Then the first responders climbing onto it and the bucket arm of the Bobcat to prepare to fully immobilize him.

The Brookfield pumper was positioned near the cab of the Bobcat to allow firefighters and paramedics to stand on the truck bumper and assist their fellow first responders in preparing the victim for removal from the cab once he was strapped top a spine board and lifted from the cab as his face grimaced with some pain.

Once out of the Bobcat, he was carefully placed onto a stretcher and and placed in the ambulance.

He was taken to hospital for further medical treatment.

A Royal Newfoundland Constabulary street patrol officer was speaking to the victim's co-worker, who witnessed the ordeal and appeared shaken.

An Occupational Health and Safety inspector was also on scene to investigate the incident, which occurred just past the St. John's boundary to Mount Pearl where the workers were preparing to carry out work at a private residence in the new subdivision.

 

Story and photos by Joe Gibbons

The Telegram

Organizations: L.C.E.C. Excavating, A Royal

Geographic location: St. John's, Mount Pearl

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  • Ria
    September 02, 2014 - 09:46

    I find it interesting that it was specified that the paramedic was female. Would you have specified that information had the paramedic been male? Why make the distinction?