A worker in a small borough in southwestern Pennsylvania died after being pinned under a large piece of concrete. The worker was in Ursina, a tiny borough in Somerset County, installing the borough’s very first sewer system. During the installation process, a large concrete form for a manhole fell on him, pinning him underneath it and ultimately killing him. Ursina is about 50 miles southeast of the city of Pittsburgh.

The worker’s name was Jared Ritchey, a 32 year old man from Everett, Pennsylvania. The work in Ursina was being performed outside of the American Legion on Park Street. Ritchey was supposed to be installing the manhole towards the end of his shift, around 2:10 PM, when it fell on him and killed him. His coworkers tried to rescue him, and they ultimately used a crane to pull the manhole off of him. They performed CPR on Ritchey before the paramedics arrived on the scene. He died around ninety minutes after being pinned underneath the concrete form.

The local firefighters that responded indicated that the incident was likely an accident, but the Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating the incident, as is typical of workplace accidents and deaths. Police have not yet identified what contracting company Ritchey was working for when the incident happened. It is also not know if Ritchey left any dependents or if anyone will be pursuing a death claim benefit on his behalf.

Workplace injuries, especially those involving construction or contracting jobs, can be very serious and often fatal, as in Ritchey’s case. If you have been hurt on the job, or if someone you love has died on the job, contact a Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer right away. Our attorneys will make sure that you get the compensation you deserve for your injury or illness.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Worker-Killed-in-Sewer-Accident-258109491.html

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