Report: Worker who died when backhoe tipped feared job


Construction worker Jeffery Tukua, 46, was afraid the job he was working in Fort Snelling State Park in October could be deadly, Mendota Heights Patch reports.

Tukua, of Hastings, was killed his first day on the job, a project by the Metropolitan Airports Commission to create a drainage pond to capture airport runoff. He died when his backhoe tipped over in soft ground.

Patch reports that a Minneapolis St. Paul Airport Police officer wrote in a recently released report that Tukua told his wife "he felt the job was dangerous and someone was going to get killed."

KSTP has posted video to YouTube of the scene after the equipment tipped (WARNING: video shows Tukua's body.)

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Worker killed when backhoe tips on him at Ft. Snelling park

A contract worker for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was killed at Fort Snelling State Park when a backhoe tipped and fell on him, WCCO reports. Rescuers were not able to immediately recover the body from under the heavy piece of equipment, officials said. It was his first day on a pond-dredging project.