PennDOT worker, AFSCME member loses life on the job

AFSCME Council 13 sends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and coworkers, of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) employee Bryan Chamberlain, who lost his life on Thursday in a worksite accident.

Chamberlain, member of AFSCME Local 2127, was a passenger on a piece of heavy machinery when the machine popped out of gear and began rolling backwards.

The driver could not stop the machine and jumped off before it rolled down a steep embankment, but Chamberlain was thrown from the machine and crushed between the machine and a tree, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

“I am saddened at the loss of another dedicated public employee and union brother. This tragedy is yet another unwelcome reminder of the dangerous job PennDOT employees, and many other public workers, do every day.” Council 13 Executive Director David Fillman said.

“On behalf of the tens of thousands of AFSCME members in Pennsylvania, our hearts go out to Bryan’s family.”