Backhoe Operator Killed in 8-Story Plunge

WASHINGTON -- A construction worker died Thursday afternoon after the machine he was operating fell from a building that was being renovated.
The 40-year-old man was operating a miniature backhoe on the eighth floor of a nine-story building at North Capitol and K streets, a fire department spokesman said. About 12:45 p.m., the machine rolled out of the side of the building and plunged about 80 feet while the worker was trapped inside.
No other injuries were reported.
The incident is being investigated by D.C. police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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