HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – An investigation is underway after a worker was accidentally crushed in a Westmoreland County industrial accident Monday morning.

According to emergency dispatchers, the accident happened at Plum Corp. in the 1500-block of Woodward Drive in Hempfield Township.

Police say 60-year-old John Licina of Wilmerding was using a 15-ton crane to move a 10,000-pound coil of steel. But as Licina moved the coil, it caused another 5,000-pound coil to move, striking him in the chest and pinning him between another stack of coils.

Licina was found unresponsive.

“This is just a shock, just the family,” Licina’s sister-in-law Denise said. “He was a good person, a really, really good person. I’m really going to miss him.”

State police and the coroner were called to the scene.

Surveillance video from the scene was able to rule out any fowl play.

Police say Licina had worked for the company, which manufactures commercial metal roofing and sliding products, for about 30 years.


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