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2 injured after falling through floor in O'Hara

Tawnya Panizzi
| Friday, Nov. 9, 2001

O'HARA: Two men were transported by emergency helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital after falling through a concrete floor on Edgewood Drive.

Ron Rust, 52, of Mars, and Paul Lipinski, 46, no address available, were listed in stable condition Friday.

The men work for Rust Contracting of Mars. They were replacing a garage floor when the concrete gave way about 2:30 p.m.

"There was about eight feet under them," said Jim Habay, assistant fire chief at Parkview VFD. "They fell through and it went on top of them."

Vince Tomko, Parkview assistant emergency service chief, said one of the men was hit in the head with the concrete block, but was in fair condition.

The otherr contractor sustained more serious injuries after concrete landed on his chest.

Homeowner Wayne Weber was home when the accident occurred. He was not injured.

"It was an accident," he said. "It shouldn't have happened."

Sharron Michalski, a neighbor who lives three doors away, said she heard nothing until the helicopters landed in the parking lot of Parkview Fire Hall.

"I didn't hear anything like any loud sounds or anything," she said. "Then I look out and see the helicopters. I thought the war was starttting," she said.

Parkview, Guyasuta, Etna and Pleasant Valley volunteer fire departments responded, along with Seneca, Parkview and UPMC St. Margaret EMS.

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