November 2, 2017-A South Haven man was killed in a construction accident in Hobart yesterday. According to Lt. James Gonzales of the Hobart Police Department, On November 1 at approximately noon, Hobart Police and emergency personnel were called to the area of Lakeshore Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue. Upon arrival Hobart Police spoke with a contstruction crew on scene. “The crew members told the officers that they work for a local construction company and they were contracted to replace sewer lines in the area of Lakeshore Drive and Pennsylvania Street” according to Lt. Gonzales. Lt. Gonzales explains that the crew consisted of three members-one operating an excavator, one inside an excavated hole, and one on the ground. “The operator of the excavator was inside of
the cab and he turned to speak with the crew member on the ground. The operator of the excavator turned back to situate himself in the seat when a piece of his clothing caught a lever, which controlled the bucket on the excavator. The bucket, which was positioned inside of the hole, moved forward and pinned the crew member against the wall” the report continues. The Hobart Fire Department and the Technical Rescue Team, comprised of Fireman,
responded to the scene to assist with the recovery of the victim from the excavation site.The worker was pronounced dead at the scene by investigators from the office of Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey. Gonzales described the victim as a 62 year old male from South Haven. An autopsy will be performed according to Lt. Gonzales.
Police say the excavator operator showed no signs of intoxication or impairment. The investigation continues according to Lt. Gonzales.