FARRELL – An NLMK Pennsylvania worker died in an industrial accident early Tuesday morning at the company’s Farrell steel plant, John Libonati, Mercer County Coroner, said Tuesday.
Kenneth L. Stitt, 32, of Hermitage, was pronounced dead at 1:47 a.m. at Sharon Regional Medical Center’s emergency room following the accident, Libonati said. He ruled the death accidental; Stitt died from chest injuries.
“The people at the plant did everything they could for him,’’ Libonati said.
Bob Miller, NLMK’s president, issued a statement this afternoon acknowledging the accident and that the company was saddened of the employee’s death.
The accident happened at 1:10 a.m. Tuesday while plant equipment was being worked on, Miller said in the release.
“Details of the accident will be released at a later date once the investigation is completed,’’ Miller said in the release. “The company and its employees are deeply touched by this tragic accident. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.’’
In a brief phone interview Miller declined further comment, citing an ongoing investigation.
NLMK and the United Steelworkers Local 1016-03 , which represents over 400 production employees at the plant, are working to help Stitt’s family and fellow co-workers, Miller said in the release.
A phone message left a Local 1016’s union hall and an email wasn’t immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.
The union is participating in the investigation, Miller said.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified of the death as required by law, Brendan Claybaugh, director of OSHA’s Erie office said.
“We dispatched one of our compliant officers to the mill this morning for an investigation,’’ Claybaugh said. He had no details about the accident.
By law, OSHA must complete the investigation within six months.
In addition to his wife, Stitt is survived by a two-year-old daughter and a son born in August, a family member who didn’t have information about the accident said.