Island farm worker injured by machinery

A farm worker was injured Wednesday after he was run over by heavy machinery.

A track loader had rolled over the 54-year-old man while workers were loading gravel at the Heyday Farm on McDonald Avenue.

The worker was a subcontractor and not an employee of the farm.

“It was a bad accident but it wasn’t farm-related,” said Heyday farmer Alice Skipton.

The accident occurred as workers were spreading gravel and sand for a drainage ditch.

“Someone else was driving it and he was doing the shovel,” said Bainbridge Island Fire Department Assistant Chief Luke Carpenter. “He got run over by one of the tracks.”

The man was able to crawl out from under the loader before firefighters arrived on the scene.

Medics found that the man sustained life-threatening injuries, but were unable to determine if he had internal injuries.

He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Skipton said Thursday the worker’s injuries were not severe.

“He had minimal internal injuries,” Skipton said. “He is stable now.”

“His hip was broken in several places,” she added. “He will have to have surgery.”

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