A 26-year-old Pennsylvania mining company mechanic at Amerikohl Mining Inc. died on the job due to an injury sustained while attempting to fix a leak in a truck’s front strut. The accident illustrates how dangerous an accident on a job site can be, in addition to the need for proper safety procedures to prevent injuries to workers or industrial accidents.
At around 7 a.m. on July 31 at a Brush Valley strip-mining site in Indiana County, the Latrobe man was investigating a leak in the front strut of a Caterpiller 773E rock truck. He had climbed on top of the truck’s 7-foot-tall front tire to fix the leak when the strut gave out. He was trapped and crushed between the frame of the truck and the tire. The mechanic was pronounced dead at the scene just minutes later.
The investigation of the accident was conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. A coworker of the mechanic identified him as a fellow employee at Amerikohl Mining Inc. So far, company hasn’t yet provided any further comment on the incident, though contact with the owner of the mining company has been attempted.
Industrial accidents can lead to serious injuries or even death for injured workers. An attorney experienced in litigating industrial and factory worker accidents may be able to ensure that the responsible party, whether a negligent employer or employee, compensates the victim for their medical expenses, pain and suffering or wrongful death damages.
Source: Post-Gazette, “Man killed at Indiana County mining site identified“, Molly Born, July 31, 2013