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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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A temporary worker at a Pennsylvania pipe coating company is lucky to be alive after a large steel pipe fell on his back and pinned him face first to the ground, authorities said.

The victim, Mark Kovach, 27, of McKeesport, PA, was reported in good condition Tuesday (Jan. 14), a day after the accident at Dura-Bond Industries' facility in Duquesne, PA.

Dura-Bond operates three pipe fabricating and coating facilities in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region.

Provided via KDKA

Mark Kovach, 27, suffered broken ribs and other injuries but will recover, his family said.

Kovach's family told local media that he had suffered three broken ribs, an eye injury and temporary immobilization of one arm after the accident about 8 a.m. Monday (Jan. 13).

Kovach works for Labor Ready, a temporary employment agency based in Tacoma, WA, with more than 600 locations nationwide.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Kovach had "found steady work" with Dura-Bond for nearly two years.

Moving Pipes

The accident occurred as employees were moving large steel pipes behind the facility when one came loose and fell on Kovach, KDKA of Pittsburgh reported. Other workers were able to pull the pipe off of Kovach.

His family told the Pittsburgh newspaper that Kovach was knocked out and regained consciousness in the ambulance.

“He's going to be all right, but he's in a lot of pain,” his brother Randy Kovach told the Tribune-Review.

Dura-Bond Industries

Dura-Bond manufactures and coats steel pipe at three Pennsylvania facilities in the Marcellus Shale region.

Labor Ready did not respond Tuesday to a request for more information. Dura-Bond declined to comment.

OSHA Record

The Occupational and Safety Administration is investigating the accident, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday, and Dura-Bond does have a record with OSHA.

OSHA has inspected the company's facilities four times since June 2009 and issued citations for a variety of violations on three of those occasions, according to OSHA records:

  • In 2010, the company was issued four serious and one other-than-serious citation and fined $7,500. One serious citation was later deleted and the fine reduced to $5,625.
  • In 2011, the company was cited for two other-than-serious violations, but no fine was issued.
  • In 2012, OSHA issued five serious, one repeat and one other-than-serious violation and fines totaling $14,760. Three serious violations were later deleted, one other-than-serious violation was added, and the overall fine reduced to $11,070.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Health and safety; OSHA; Pipeline; Steel

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