Construction incident in Rimrock results in worker’s death
Backhoe pins man against wall
A construction worker in Rimrock, AZ, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, after being pinned to a wall by a backhoe, police said.
By the time Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) arrived at the scene of the incident in the 1500 block of E. Solar Place in Rimrock, paramedics were in the process of preparing the man for transportation by ground ambulance to the Verde Valley Medical Center.
Around 12:30 p.m., the victim, 48-year-old Danny Ray Parsley of Camp Verde, was pronounced dead.
Deputies said they spoke with the backhoe operator who stated he was in the process of digging out a footing along the wall of a building under construction. Parsley was using a shovel to move dirt in the vicinity of the digging operation. When the operator extended the backhoe and attempted to dig, the entire backhoe slid forward, the news release states. The left outrigger (support arm used to stabilize the tractor) was up in the air and pushed Parsley – who was between the backhoe and the wall – against the wall. The outrigger pinned Parsley, crushing his abdomen area.
The Medical Examiner report is pending to determine exact cause and manner of death. YCSO detectives are currently investigating the circumstances that led to Parsley’s death.