Drilling rig worker injured in Salem Township accident
A gas drilling rig worker was seriously injured Wednesday in Salem Township today after he was trapped while repairing the equipment.
Slickville fire Chief Chris Filkosky said the man was in the midst of repairing the rig about 7 a.m. "when a piece of equipment somehow got a piece of his clothing and pulled him into the shaft, pinning him there."
The accident occurred along Story Road.
"Our (Slickville) department fire Capt. Tom Pfiefer and two other rig workers who were there did a great job freeing him by disengaging the hydraulic-operated piece of equipment that was pinning him. It took about 15 minutes," Filkosky said.
Filkosky did not know the victim's identity or the name of the drilling company for which he worked. Attempts to reach township officials for comment were unsuccessful.
Filkosky said the worker suffered multiple injuries, including a head injury. He was treated at the scene by Mutual Aid Ambulance, then taken by helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Audit: Westmoreland records were at risk in transfer to computer system
- Salem teen surprised with Westmoreland Fair Queen win
- Hours to be reduced at Ruffsdale post office
- 9 displaced by fire in Grapeville
- Catholic Diocese of Greensburg injunction becomes permanent
- Monessen man’s homicide trial set
- Greensburg YMCA to close for refurbishing, scrubbing
- Pickup changes to be in place at Greensburg Salem Middle School next week
- Man admits preying on Lower Burrell neighbor, taking more than $100K in money, goods
- Police look for Derry driver who crashed into house
- Penn Township hires public works director