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Widow Sues Greensburg YMCA Over Husband’s Wrongful Death in Steam Room


Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. has filed suit on behalf of a client whose husband suffered a wrongful death at the Greensburg YMCA after he was trapped in the steam room overnight. Healthy, active, and very proud of his physical fitness, he was still a regular at the YMCA at the age of 80.

On March 14, 2020, our client’s husband swiped his membership card to use the steam room about 5:45 p.m.—an hour and 15 minutes before the Greensburg YMCA’s closing time. The employee tasked with locking up that night failed to check the steam room for patrons, as well as to reference any documentation that would show a patron was in there. The next morning, a YMCA maintenance man found our client’s husband in the steam room, unresponsive and not breathing. He called 911, but it was too late.

According to the coroner’s report, the maintenance man said the steam room at Greensburg YMCA shuts off 10:30 p.m. Until then, he explained, it maintains a temperature of at least 112 degrees Fahrenheit. Further, the steam room was not equipped with a PA system, an emergency call button, nor a door that could open from the inside. Our client’s husband was, therefore, trapped in a high temperature room without any way out.

Attorneys Robert F. Daley filed the lawsuit (Case No. 3378 of 2021) in the Court of Common Pleas of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The Greensburg YMCA and its former CEO are named as defendants.

We at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. are proud to advocate for our client and her late husband; we will fight tooth and nail to hold the defendants accountable for this tragedy.

To learn more about this case, tune into CBS Pittsburgh on channel 2 or at on September 9, 2021 at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. If you would like to get in touch with a member of our Pittsburgh team, call (844) 383-0565.

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