OOIDA member dies in forklift accident

| 3/7/2003

OOIDA member Joseph Beck of Oakdale, PA, died March 6 in a forklift accident at a GalvTech Industrial warehouse in Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

Beck, 59, was killed when a forklift in the GalvTech warehouse ran over him, a spokesman with the Pittsburgh coroner’s office told Land Line. The official cause of death was listed as “multiple blunt force trauma.”

The incident occurred shortly before 7 a.m. March 6 at GalvTech, a steel galvanizing firm on Mifflin Road in the Hays section of Pittsburgh. Beck, who was driving for PGT Trucking of Monaca, PA, was ruled dead at the scene. 

The coroner ruled that Beck’s death was the result of an accident.

Beck was an owner-operator driving for PGT Trucking of Monaca, PA. Law-enforcement officials said his truck was possibly being unloaded at the time, but that report could not be confirmed.

The NEPA News reported the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was investigating the incident.

“My understanding is that OSHA was notified,” Tammy Ewin, public information officer for Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, said. However, she did not know whether the federal agency was officially investigating the incident.

A spokeswoman for PGT Trucking refused to provide any information regarding Beck.

“We feel an unfortunate accident has occurred, and we do not believe it is appropriate to elaborate at this time,” Marie DeMarco, community relations liaison for the company, said.

--by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor