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Workplace accidents: 1 killed in TV tower collapse

While many people in Pennsylvania report to the same building for work every day, others report to different sites depending on the nature of their current project. This can be challenging as different conditions could have a variety of impacts on the overall safety of work being completed and the potential for workplace accidents. Unfortunately, a man in another state was recently killed while a crew worked on a television tower.

The incident happened at approximately 10 a.m. on a day in April. According to reports, six workers from TCI Tower Consulting Inc. were completing routine maintenance on a tower measuring just under 2,000 feet tall. Specifically, the local sheriff says that the crew was working to replace crossbeams on the tower.

Unfortunately, while the workers were approximately 105 feet in the air, it collapsed. One worker, a 56-year-old man, became trapped and passed away as a result of injuries suffered. Five other people suffered injuries not thought to be life-threatening. Though the cause of the collapse is still unknown, a structural engineering professor speculates that several factors, including the age of the structure and the wind speed at the time of the collapse, could have contributed.

While officials will likely work to determine the exact cause of the incident, a family is now left coping with the unexpected death of their loved one. Meanwhile, the injured workers are left to recover from their injuries. All victims -- including the deceased man's surviving family members -- may be facing financial complications as a result of the incident. Fortunately, victims of workplace accidents in Pennsylvania and across the country may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Often with the help of an experienced professional, injured workers and the families of deceased workers can seek a fair settlement that will help ensure they are able to fulfill their financial obligations.

Source: news-leader.com, "1,980-foot TV tower collapse in Webster County; 1 dead, several injured, officials say", Harrison Keegan and Giacomo Bologna, April 20, 2018

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