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OSHA Investigating Worker Death Along Route 22

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July 04 2021 08:00 pm

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a contractor who was placing guardrails along a southwestern Pennsylvania highway.

Washington County Coroner Tim Warco says 43-year-old Legrant Blackwell, of Connellsville, was killed Thursday. He was hit when a company vehicle backed up over him.

State police have classified the death as an accident, saying Blackwell was in the vehicle’s “blind spot” when the other worker ran over him along U.S. Route 22 in Hanover Township about 3:20 p.m.

A call to the contractor, Green Acres Contracting Co., of Scottdale, wasn’t immediately returned Friday.

The company was hired by PennDOT to replace the guardrails along the highway that had been damaged in a vehicle accident.

PennDOT spokeswoman Valerie Peterson says, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.”

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