| Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise


Download our free BWater Works Coating Systems eResource Book

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page

Manhole Accident Claims PA Installer

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

More items for Health & Safety

Comment | More

A construction worker was killed after being pinned beneath a concrete manhole form Monday (May 5) in Pennsylvania.

Jared Ritchey, 32, was installing a manhole in Ursina, PA, for the town's first-ever sewer system, when he was trapped by a large concrete form, according to media reports.

Coworkers' 'Heroic Steps'

Ritchey worked for Guyer Brothers Inc. of New Enterprise, PA. The company is a water and sewer line utility contractor founded in 1999.

Jared Ritchey
Screen grab via WJAC TV

Jared Ritchey, 32, was killed after being trapped by a concrete manhole he was installing.

The company did not wish to issue a comment Tuesday (May 6).

The accident happened about 2:10 p.m. ET, and Ritchey was pronounced dead about 90 minutes later.

Police said co-workers "took heroic steps in an effort to save his life," according to several media reports.

The co-workers freed Ritchey by using a crane to remove the concrete, and then performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

Investigations Pending

State Trooper Ted Goins said the manner of death was accidental and an exact cause would be determined pending an autopsy.

"It's just an accident, poor man working, that's all it is," Confluence Volunteer Fire Dept. Lt. Jeremiah Bowser told

State police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating, reported.

OSHA records show no previous violations for the company.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Concrete; Construction; Fatalities; Sewer systems

Comment from robert conn, (5/7/2014, 10:44 PM)

It’s just an accident? The guy is dead. Someone did something WRONG. Maybe it was him, I don't know the details but I do know that all accidents occur because of a mistake or a series of mistakes. An investigation needs to be thorough to ensure that each link in the chain of events is identified and eliminated on future projects. I would be interested in hearing some details if anyone has any.

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.

Graco Inc.
Graco Mortar Pump

The M680 sprays epoxy-based mortars, anti-skid coatings, cementitious and filled materials. Compact.
Easy to use.
Call 877-844-7226 or

Nationwide Overspray
Profession Overspray Removal Services

The Finest Name in Safe Overspray Removal. We specialize in removing all contaminants from any surface. Family Owned and Operated for 33 years! Fully insured. Satisfaction is guaranteed.

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
SSPC 2016 Register Now!

SSPC2016 is earlier this year, don't forget to book your plane tickets and hotel. See you soon. For more information visit

Corrosion Probe, Inc.
From Detection to Correction

Corrosion Probe, Inc. has the Most Concrete Coatings Experience and Expertise. Contact us today at

New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films


The Next Generation
of Blasting

• Lightest
• Coolest
• Most Comfortable
• Most Dependable

CS Unitec
Peening Preparation Tools

CS Unitec’s hand-held scarifiers are an ideal alternative to small-area shot blasting for cleaning and preparing concrete & metal surfaces.

AW Chesterton
ARC Protective Coatings

perform reliably under the most demanding exposures in the toughest process conditions. Use our Coating Selector Tool for your application needs at

Wasser High-Tech Coatings Inc.
Wasser Coatings Protect

Wasser Coatings offer a complete range of Moisture Cure Urethane (NEPCOAT approved) systems in addition to Polyurea membranes and linings(NSF).

Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail