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Plumber Dies After Being Accidentally Struck with Metal Pipe at Golisano Children’s Hospital

wrenches on pipeworkA plumbing contractor working for the new Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, NY, was killed after an injury on the job.

Mark Keehley, 54, was working in a mechanical room at the University of Rochester’s hospital when he suffered the injury on the morning of Tuesday, June 23.

Keehley, who lived in the village of Spencerport and was employed by the Davis-Ulmer Sprinkler Co., was been struck by a metal pipe fitting that was working on, according to a statement from University of Rochester administrators.

The contractor wasn’t identified immediately because UR administrators believed the cause of death to be related to a medical issue. Upon investigation, however, they discovered that he had been struck by the pipe.

Two other workers who had been nearby when the incident occurred were also injured, according to UR officials. It is unknown whether the other two workers involved were also licensed plumbers with Davis-Ulmer Sprinkler Co.

“Plumbing service technicians often work under hazardous conditions and in confined areas that do not allow for moving quickly out of harm’s way when something breaks or moves,” says Wallace Chambers, Owner, A&A Plumbing Co. “Our team takes our time to properly survey what possible hazards we might encounter on each job and we also try to inform our customers to any conditions that may need more attention. We also carry adequate insurance in case an accident does occur.”

The incident is being investigated by Davis-Ulmer Sprinkler Co. officials. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was also called in to investigate.