A contract worker died last week after a construction-related accident in a Galveston shipyard. The man was operating a backhoe from outside the cab at Southwest Shipyard when he was pinned by the boom.

A crew was working on digging a hole at the time of the incident. The worker had gotten off the backhoe and was standing behind it when he went to move the boom, which can be operated from outside the cab.

“It swung around and penned him between the back support leg and the boom,” said John Florence, of the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office. “Another worker pushed the other pedal and freed him.”

The man, 40-year-old James May, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Texas maritime accident lawyers at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers represent workers injured in construction accidents, refinery explosions, toxic exposure and other workplace accidents across Texas.