PennDOT contractor killed in cherry picker mistake

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a PennDOT contractor who was pinned between the cherry picker he was in and a steel beam on a bridge he was inspecting in Pittsburgh.

State police say 58-year-old Tripat Mann, of Scott Township, died in a hospital a few hours after emergency crews were called to Interstate 279 beneath the East Ohio Street overpass about noon Wednesday.

Mann worked for M.A. Beech Corporation, which was hired by PennDOT to inspect recently completed concrete repairs.

Mann was using a cherry picker to get up close to the underside of the overpass when he became pinned between the device and a steel support beam. Authorities don’t know if the machine malfunctioned, or if it was operated incorrectly.

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