Wilmerding man killed in industrial accident in Hempfield
The body of a Wilmerding man who died in an industrial accident at Plum Corp. in Hempfield Township is removed by the Westmoreland County coroner's office on Feb. 4, 2013.
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A worker was killed on Monday morning in an industrial accident at a Hempfield Township manufacturing plant.
State police in Greensburg identified the worker as Richard J. Licina Jr., 60, of Wilmerding.
Trooper James Simpson reported the accident occurred before 9:30 a.m. at Plum Corp., which produces industrial and commercial siding products. Plum Corp. is located in the Greensburg-Hempfield Business Park on Woodward Drive Extension.
Licina, who had worked at the company for 30 years, was moving a large steel coil using a 15-ton overhead crane, Simpson said.
As the 10,000-pound coil began to lift, it unexpectedly caused a separate 5,000-pound coil to shift out of position, striking Licina in the chest and pinning him against other stacks of coils, Simpson said.
Police said Licina was found pinned between the large coils.
Licina was pronounced dead at the scene about 10:45 a.m., according to the Westmoreland County Coroner's Office.
He died of injuries to the chest, the coroner's office said.
State police and officials from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.
Officials from Plum Corp. did not return a call for comment.
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