BANGOR, Maine — The man killed Wednesday when he was crushed by a backhoe near 820 Odlin Road while working on a natural gas line project was identified Thursday as Danny A. Dodge, 23, of the Waldo County town of Jackson.
The company he was working for at the time of the accident is Bowdoin Excavation of North Yarmouth, Bangor police said.
The company’s Facebook page states it was hired to install an 8-inch natural gas main on Odlin Road that will be 9,500 feet long. The excavation business was working on the line extension project for Bangor Gas Co.
Detective Erik Tall of the Bangor Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is working with local officials of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine the exact cause of the accident.
“We’re really [seriously] trying to put together the pieces of what caused the backhoe to tip over,” Tony Lemire, assistant area director for OSHA, said Thursday.
Bowdoin Excavators has no previous workplace safety violations with the agency, Lemire said.
“They are not in our computer,” he said, adding that such accidents are “tragic things.”
The gas line installation work was not continuing on Thursday, Lemire said. He was not sure when it would resume.
A call to Bowdoin Excavators on Thursday was not immediately returned.
The accident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday near the Hermon town line.
The backhoe apparently rolled down a short embankment from a section of shoulder that recently had been dug up. It came to rest on its side, on top of Dodge, who was wearing a hard hat.
A spokeswoman from OSHA’s Augusta office said that its investigator’s findings will not be released until after the investigation is completed.
BDN writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.