Aerial lift fatalities are rare, but they’re still more common than they should be. For a Western Pennsylvania family, tragedy struck home this past Saturday.
According to local reports, Sean Kelly was killed on (ironically enough) Kelly Avenue of the east side of Pittsburgh, PA, on May 30th. The construction project has been ongoing for some time. Mr. Kelly was killed when he was against the roof of the East Busway.
The East Busway is located in Wilkinsburg, near Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs.
Homicide lieutenant Andrew Schurman of the Allegheny County police believes it was an accident. Authorities believe Mr. Kelly was the lift’s sole operator, but accident investigators will confirm this over the next few weeks.
Emergency response personnel performed CPR on Mr. Kelly, but he died at the scene.
Gulisek Construction, based in nearby Mt. Pleasant (Westmoreland County, about 40 minutes southeast of Pittsburgh), has been contracted to repair 22 different bridges in the city. The East Busway is one of the bridges.
Along with local police, the accident will be investigated by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
A news report on the incident can be viewed here.
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