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S. Huntingdon man falls to death

Joe Napsha
| Thursday, May 10, 2012, 1:23 a.m.

A South Huntingdon Township man was killed at the Dick's Sporting Goods warehouse near Smithton Tuesday afternoon when he fell approximately 35 feet from a high-lift.

Jeremy Quinn, 30, of Smithton RD, fell when he attempted to kick a bracket while standing on a scissor-style high-lift, Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner Joseph Musgrove reported. He died of blunt-force trauma to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:04 p.m., about 30 minutes after the accident.

Quinn was working for W&H Systems, of Carlstadt, N.J., on the installation of a conveyor system at the distribution center when the accident occurred, said Jeff Hennion, senior vice president for strategic planning for Dick's. The company is in the process of expanding the warehouse at 200 Painter Road, South Huntingdon Township, Hennion said.

Hennion said he had no other information on how or why the accident occurred.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was contacted to inspect the accident scene, state police at Belle Vernon reported. Hennion said that is the typical procedure in a fatal industrial accident.

Rostraver EMS and the Turkeytown fire department responded to the scene.

Quinn is the son of Thomas and Debra Thorne Quinn. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Haley, Jeremy Jr., Dylan Booth, Alyssa Quinn and Brittany Booth; two sisters, Tina Dennis, of Fitz Henry, and Trisha Quinn, at home; and two brothers, Jason Quinn, of Kentucky, and Timmy Quinn, at home.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the L.L. Barthels Funeral Home Inc., Smithton.

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