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Death of Penn Township man trapped under equipment ruled accidental

Mary Ann Thomas
| Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, 5:42 a.m.
The site where a man was killed after becoming trapped beneath construction equipment in North Huntingdon on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
The site where a man was killed after becoming trapped beneath construction equipment in North Huntingdon on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.

The Westmoreland County coroner ruled that the death of a worker trapped under a piece of heavy equipment in North Huntingdon was accidental.

Timothy Grills, 55, of Penn Township, was working on a piece of construction equipment just before 9 a.m. Thursday at an Aarcon Enterprises storage yard at 4170 Pine Hollow Road.

Painting and other vehicle maintenance is done at the Aarcon site, according to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The company develops construction sites for housing, natural gas well pads and other uses, according to its website.

Grills became trapped when part of the equipment fell to the garage floor, the coroner's office said in a news release.

Deputy Coroner John A. Ackerman pronounced him dead at the scene at 10 a.m. He died of blunt-force injuries, the release said.

OSHA and North Huntingdon Township police are investigating.

Lindsay-Jobe Funeral Home in Penn Township is handling Grills' funeral arrangements.

Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4691, mthomas@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaThomas_Trib.

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