On August 2, a construction worker employed by J.F. Shea Construction Inc. fell off the Donora-Monessen Bridge. The worker, Ricky Gordon Glover, was sandblasting the steel girders when he fell fifty feet from an enclosed section underneath the bridge and landed on the concrete pier below. Glover sustained broken ribs, a dislocated shoulder, a punctured lung, and a fractured scapula.
The emergency call was placed to 911 operators at around 4:24 p.m. Rescue teams that specialize in tactical rescues were dispatched from Penn Township, North Huntingdon, and Twin Rivers. They arrived fifteen minutes after receiving the call. Glover’s location, about twenty feet from the shore of the Monongahela River, required the teams to use ladders and the catwalk to get to him.
Rescue workers used a rescue basket—which was attached by rope to a fire-truck ladder on the bridge—to lower Glover to the shore. The rescue crew was able to carry him up a hill where an ambulance waited on Route 906. He was taken to the Monessen boat launch. At around 6:35 p.m., the rescue crew placed him on a medical helicopter for transportation to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.