Backhoe falls into Minnesota River; o...

Backhoe falls into Minnesota River; operator missing

There are 34 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Mar 22, 2011, titled Backhoe falls into Minnesota River; operator missing. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Authorities are searching for the operator of a backhoe that fell into the Minnesota River between St.

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Vikes

United States

#1 Mar 22, 2011
Very tragic, I hope they find the operator alive.
Wow

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Mar 22, 2011
Praying for a happy ending
Edwardo

Buffalo, MN

#3 Mar 22, 2011
Rest in peace.
thoughts are with you

United States

#4 Mar 22, 2011
Hoping for the best
bjw of Lake Elmo

North Weymouth, MA

#5 Mar 22, 2011
Wouldn't it make more sense to use dynamite or another explosive to break up ice jams instead of putting a life at risk? What a tragedy. I hope the body is recovered soon so the family can have some closure.
al nobel

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Mar 22, 2011
My first thought was also dynamite.
TheGolfGuy

Apopka, FL

#11 Mar 22, 2011
Monday morning quarterbacking is always easier. What is important is the loss of this life.
woodtick

United States

#12 Mar 22, 2011
Rice St wrote:
This is sad, but take note: Who was the Supervisor from MnDot that had this guy next to a River with a Wheeled backhoe? The stabilizing pads on the **** do not work in Mud, This Pissssss's me off to no end! There should have been a TRACK **** down there or like poster up said, Dynamite.
One more life over thanks to a Government head that makes decisions that they have No Clue about.
Was this Supervisor even trained on how a **** works? NO! He was most likely given the Supervisor position because he was a drinking buddy or related to the guy on top of the food chain.
The person that told this worker to bring that **** down next to the River should be charged with Man Slaughter. I can see what happened with out even being there, The guy had his bucket in the water and the Ice Dam broke and sucked the bucket down the river causing the **** to flip on its side.
D AM N IT........
It is always the operators responsibility to stop work if the situation is unsafe. We even have laws to back them up on this issue, it's so important.
walker

Hudson, WI

#13 Mar 22, 2011
No matter what the details involving the supervisor are, the fact remains that MnDoT is topheavy with management (and spokespersons). And after a couple of generations of glorifying higher education and making it so easy to obtain, state gov't. is now absorbing a glut of book-smart but inexperienced leadership. Highway workers with on-the-job know-how (it's mostly not rocket surgery they do) are bypassed for those who can impress in a classroom or on a computer. As this continues the commissioner's time is occupied with discussing books on leadership with his staff.
walker

Hudson, WI

#14 Mar 22, 2011
woodtick wrote:
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It is always the operators responsibility to stop work if the situation is unsafe. We even have laws to back them up on this issue, it's so important.
That's true, but the operator does not make the work assignments while presuming them to be safe.
woodtick

United States

#15 Mar 22, 2011
walker wrote:
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That's true, but the operator does not make the work assignments while presuming them to be safe.
Yes, obviously. And errors will be made in which equipment to send to a job. It happens in our private company with just us silly foreman deciding what equip. is needed. That's why it is imperative that the operator on site makes the call if it is too dangerous or s/he is not skilled enough with that equip. to do the job safely.
semperfiv22

United States

#16 Mar 22, 2011
I would like to know why he/she was working alone. EVERY blue collar job that I have ever had it is re-enforced to never work alone.
lbj

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Mar 22, 2011
God Bless his family. So sorry to hear about people doing their job to help others.
dum dums

Hibbing, MN

#18 Mar 22, 2011
walker wrote:
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That's true, but the operator does not make the work assignments while presuming them to be safe.
i assume he does work for a union which is suppose to protect him from being put in dangerous situations like this one.
walker is a govt employee

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Mar 22, 2011
Good heavens. The first few posters have it right - hoping for a good outcome, sad someone has died. Then way off target. Paterson, NJ - really?

My prayers for this gentleman and his family.
walker

Hudson, WI

#20 Mar 22, 2011
walker is a govt employee wrote:
Good heavens. The first few posters have it right - hoping for a good outcome, sad someone has died. Then way off target. Paterson, NJ - really?
My prayers for this gentleman and his family.
It's very nice to express such sentiment, but there is a memory section on the obituary page. News topics are discussed herein.There is considerable loss of life throughout the world, unfortunately, but this shouldn't deter people from discussing the issues to try to improve things.
By the way, I am a self employed American.
TheGolfGuy

Apopka, FL

#21 Mar 23, 2011
semperfiv22 wrote:
I would like to know why he/she was working alone. EVERY blue collar job that I have ever had it is re-enforced to never work alone.
Good grief, can you even breathe by yourself? You wouldn't do so good in business for yourself.
just the facts

Bloomington, IL

#22 Mar 23, 2011
"rocket surgery"???? thats why you are holding up the shovel!!
walker wrote:
No matter what the details involving the supervisor are, the fact remains that MnDoT is topheavy with management (and spokespersons). And after a couple of generations of glorifying higher education and making it so easy to obtain, state gov't. is now absorbing a glut of book-smart but inexperienced leadership. Highway workers with on-the-job know-how (it's mostly not rocket surgery they do) are bypassed for those who can impress in a classroom or on a computer. As this continues the commissioner's time is occupied with discussing books on leadership with his staff.
mn dot mom

Saint Paul, MN

#23 Mar 23, 2011
All the MNDOT workers are at risk each and every day for an accident or worse.

They are trained to view it as not IF an accident happens but WHEN and accident happens.

They are brave and have my respect.

The missing worker's family and friends and co-workers have a terrible situation to endure and need all the support possible.

Since: Jun 09

Olathe, KS

#24 Mar 23, 2011
bjw of Lake Elmo wrote:
Wouldn't it make more sense to use dynamite or another explosive to break up ice jams instead of putting a life at risk? What a tragedy. I hope the body is recovered soon so the family can have some closure.
They tried to do that in Grand Forks in 97. The Sierra Club threatened injunction because they thought it would kill fish. So they didn't do it and thousands of fish died in streets, ditches, basements, cars and storm drains. Come to find out the fish would have felt the vibrations from far off and avoided the area entirely.

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