By Keith Gushard
A worker with a Meadville area construction firm was injured Friday after he was pinned beneath an asphalt roller that overturned in Allegheny County.
According to WTAE-TV of Pittsburgh, the man, whose identity was not released, is conscious but in critical condition and undergoing treatment at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville.
The man is an employee with the Meadville office of Suit-Kote Corp., an asphalt paving company, Brian Renna, Suit-Kote’s director of corporation affairs, said in a telephone interview from the company’s corporate headquarters in Cortland, N.Y.
The man was working at a paving site in Monroeville, operating a self-propelled rubber tired roller used to compact asphalt, Renna said. A hydraulic hose for speed control on the roller apparently malfunctioned late Friday morning with the loss of hydraulic pressure, apparently causing the machine to speed up, Renna said.
“Our understanding is there were other vehicles on the road and to avoid the other traffic he steered it to a ditch and jumped off,” Renna said. “However, he had horrible luck and where it came to rest, it ended on top of him.”
There will be a full investigation of the incident by company and officials from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Renna said.
WTAE-TV said doctors from Forbes Regional Hospital went to the scene to treat and help free a 30-year-old man.
According to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, the man was alert and able to speak when he was rushed to Forbes Regional. He suffered a head injury and injuries to the lower half of his body, but is expected to survive, KDKA said.
According to The Associated Press, Suit-Kote said the man was undergoing surgery Friday night.
Further information regarding the man’s name or hometown was not made available.
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