Thursday morning, an Insight Pipe Contracting, LLC crew was working on a sewer project on Dupont Street near Coleman Avenue in Johnstown when a forklift hit power lines in the area.

“The electricity went down the machine and electrocuted three of the workers. They were all taken to Conemaugh Hospital. One died in the emergency department,” said Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees.

The victim’s identity has not been released yet. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday. Police said the other two men will survive.

Crews shut off power in the area, briefly impacting about 300 residents, while investigators secured the scene.

“For the safety of the first responders that are here and the workers, so we can conduct our investigation in a safe manner,” Lees said.

Power has been restored and the road is reopen.




It’s still unclear what caused the accident and what safety protocols were in place. Fire officials said that will be part of the investigation.

“Protocol is to make sure everything is safe. It’s an unfortunate accident,” said Johnstown Fire Chief Anthony Kovacic.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be on the scene on Friday to investigate.