Pittsburgh, PA Frankstown Steel Mill Building Collapse, Jul 1891

CRUSHED BY A TRUSS.

Shocking Accident at Pittsburg Costing Four Lives.

PITTSBURG, July 30. -- The new puddling mill of the Pittsburg Oil Well Supply company at Frankstown, this city, collapsed about 9:30 o'clock yesterday morning, killing four men and seriously injuring three others.

Their names were:
Killed -- MICHAEL MANNING, B. CORKIN, GEORGE LEMMON, JOHN PARKER and ANDREW ZIENAK.
Injured -- GEORGE BAKER, FRANK SCHMIDT, and J. COBRA
A number of others were slightly hurt.

The building, which was in course of erection, was 198 feet long by 100 feet wide, and constructed of brick and iron. At the time of the accident forty-two men were at work on the structure and twenty-five others were working in the immediate vicinity.

The men were engaged in hoisting an immense iron truss, when it toppled over and striking an iron beam knocked the iron girders out. The immense structure at once fell together with an awful crash, burrying[sic] nearly all the men in the ruins.

The work of rescue was immediately begun and all the men extricated in a short time. It was then found that but one had been killed outright and two others fatally injured. The latter died while being removed to a hospital.

The injured men are all doing well.

The plant was formerly owned by the Elba Iron and Bolt company, but was recently purchased by the Pittsburg Oil Well Supply company.
The loss will be quite heavy.

Newark Daily Advocate Ohio 1891-07-30

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