DUQUESNE (KDKA) – A man was rushed to the hospital after an industrial accident in Duquesne.
Duquesne police say employees at Dura-Bond Industries were moving large steel pipes behind the business when one came loose and fell on a man in his 30’s.
The victim was identified by Duquesne Police as temporary employee Marc Kovach.
“When I arrived on the scene I noticed a dozen workers looked in shock, and had the frantic look on their faces, something terrible had took place,” Deputy Chief Frank Cobb of the Duquesne Fire Department says.
The pipe reportedly fell on Kovach’s back and pinned him face first to the ground.
Other workers were able to quickly move the pipe, but Kovach suffered severe trauma.
He was taken by ambulance to UPMC Mercy.
Kovach’s mother called KDKA to say that Mark is expected to be okay, and that he suffered three-broken ribs in the incident.
Police and Fire officials tell KDKA this is the second recent mishap with a pipe at the Duquesne facility.
OSHA could not confirm those reports, but says Dura-Bond is only required to report incidents involving a fatality or injuries to three or more people.
OSHA says they will conduct an inspection following the accident.
Dura-Bond had no comment about the accident.