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Worker hospitalized after heavy equipment accident in Caldwell

Listen as David Kearns, area director of OSHA’s Boise office speaks to a large group of construction workers at a fall prevention training workshop held in the Grove Plaza.

General contractor ESI put on the fall prevention training workshop with OSHA for a group of 200 to 300 ESI construction workers and ESI subcontractors in Boise, Idaho. The hour-long training included demonstrations about workplace falls and how l
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General contractor ESI put on the fall prevention training workshop with OSHA for a group of 200 to 300 ESI construction workers and ESI subcontractors in Boise, Idaho. The hour-long training included demonstrations about workplace falls and how l

A road construction worker on U.S. 20/26 in Caldwell was hospitalized after he was crushed by a piece of heavy equipment, a Canyon County Fire Department spokesman told the Statesman on Monday night.

The accident happened at about 1:30 p.m. near the highway, west of Middleton Road. An air ambulance was dispatched to the scene, county spokesman Joe Decker said.

Caldwell Fire Battalion Chief Bud Bryson said the worker was at the bottom of a 20-foot trench when the accident happened. He was operating a large auger, drilling a hole.

“The augur caught something, and it kicked back,” Bryson said. “It crushed him between the machinery and the (trench) box.”

He said Nampa Fire Department brought its ladder truck, and they hooked up ropes and a Stokes basket to get the man out.

U.S 20/26 was blocked at Middleton Road while rescue crews worked, but emergency dispatchers say the intersection has been reopened.

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