OSHA investigating deadly accident at West Mifflin electric plant

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WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of man killed in an accident at a General Electric plant in West Mifflin Thursday morning.

According to the medical examiner's office, the man got trapped in some machinery at the Buttermilk Hollow Road plant and died a short time later. The medical examiner identified the victim as John Hazel, 52, of Finleyville.

Channel 11's Kelly Brennan reported that the victim was a contractor and not a GE employee.

According to West Mifflin police, Hazel was operating a high lift and was attaching brackets to the ceiling when his head somehow got caught between the ceiling and metal part of the machine.

“Workers at the plant say they saw Hazel trapped and then ran to lower the basket. Hazel was found unconscious,” West Mifflin Police Captain T.R. Richards said.

Hazel’s co-workers described him as a leader and a good man. He had a wife and two children.

The GE Apparatus Service building, which repairs component parts for power plants, shut down its operations for the remainder of the day Thursday.

The cause of Hazel’s death remains under investigation.