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Monessen worker's death ruled accidental pending autopsy results

Paul Peirce
| Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

The death of a worker found unresponsive Sunday at the ArcelorMittal Coke Plant in Monessen is being investigated as accidental pending a final autopsy report, Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said.

Robert Klett, 60, of Bentleyville, was discovered at 10:45 p.m. Sunday inside the Donner Avenue plant and transported to Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township, Warco said. Klett died at the hospital at 12:15 a.m. Monday.

Warco said until formal autopsy results are completed, his office is investigating the death as accidental and the cause as blunt-force trauma to the chest. There were no witnesses to the incident, he noted in a news release.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Pittsburgh area office confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating the incident.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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