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Accident hospitalizes worker in Duquesne

| Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 3:31 a.m.

An accident at DuraBond's Duquesne facility Monday morning sent a McKeesport man to the hospital, where he is listed in good condition.

Marc Kovach, 27, sustained injuries to his trunk when he was struck by falling pipe around 8 a.m.

Kovach's family said he sustained three broken ribs, an injury to his left eye, and his arm was temporarily immobilized.

“He's going to be all right, but he's in a lot of pain,” his brother Randy Kovach of McKeesport said.

A UPMC spokesperson confirmed Marc Kovach is in good condition. Family said he is expected to remain hospitalized for a few days for observation and additional tests.

“They were loading pipe, and there was one that Marc put into place,” Randy Kovach said. “He turned and it broke free. Three of the pipes fell on him.”

McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service officials, who transported Marc Kovach to the hospital from the facility in the Regional Industrial Development Corp. of Southwestern Pennsylvania's Riverplace City Center of Duquesne, said there are conflicting reports about what happened. It was unclear what part of Kovach's body the pipe struck.

Randy Kovach said his brother doesn't remember much because he regained consciousness in the ambulance.

Family confirmed Marc Kovach is an employee of the McKeesport-based temporary employment agency Labor Ready. He has found steady work with DuraBond for nearly two years.

Patrick Cloonan contributed to this story. Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1956, or jvertullo@tribweb.com.

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