Clintonville Man Killed in Fall at Power Plant

| August 22, 2019

SCRUBGRASS TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Clintonville man has been identified as the Scrubgrass Power Plant employee who died following an accident at the plant early Tuesday morning.

Thomas Allen “Tommy” Flinspach, 20, of Clintonville, formerly of Rockland, died tragically in a workplace accident on Tuesday morning, August 20, 2019.

According to Gerry Rae, Chief of Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department, around 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Flinspach, who was employed as an assistant plant operator at the Lisbon Road power plant, died after falling approximately 60 feet down a large shaft in the area of the coal chutes at the plant.

Grant Rae, Assistant Chief of Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department, noted Flinspach had been cleaning out around a conveyor belt in the basement of the building, approximately 60 feet down, and went back up above the area when he fell down the shaft.

Following the accident, Franklin-based State Police, Emlenton Ambulance, and Venango County Coroner Christina Rugh were called to the scene.

Calls to Venango County Coroner Christina Rugh for additional information have not yet been returned.

Tommy Flinspach was born in Clarion on February 28, 1999, to Brian T. and Mary E. (Neiswonger) Flinspach.

He graduated from Cranberry High School in 2018 completing a welding course at the Vo-Tech, with honors. While in school, he enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, and football.

Flinspach was involved in the Venango 4-H Program with both the Seneca Indians and the Ruff Riders. He, along with his siblings and cousins, were known through 4-H as “The Six Pack.”

Tommy was also an active member of the Rockland Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as a firefighter and with the fire police.

Hile-Best Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements, and a full obituary is available here.

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