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Texas worker dies after falling from telephone tower

According to police, a man fell to his death while repairing a telephone tower in the downtown area of San Angelo. The June 17 incident reportedly transpired at a tower near Chadbourne Street.

The 28-year-old worker was on the tower some 140 feet above the ground when he experienced complications with his safety equipment, authorities reported. He fell at approximately 1:50 p.m. Officials at the scene pronounced him dead. According to records, the company for which the 28-year-old man worked has been cited for serious safety violations three times since 2009 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Pursuant to the workers' compensation laws in Texas, workers who suffer injuries while engaged in their jobs are entitled to certain types of benefits, irrespective of the circumstances surrounding the accident. By filing a workers' compensation claim, injured workers may receive reasonable compensation for lost income and medical expenses related to their injuries. Yet, the truth is that many employers do not provide encouragement to employees during this process. Instead, they provide resistance, effectively denying the worker's claim as a money-saving measure. For this reason, many people who suffer workplace injuries retain a workers' compensation attorney to represent them.

When workers die due to workplace accidents, their families may exercise their right to file a claim for death and burial benefits. The burial benefits may cover the funeral expenses, and the death benefits may replace a portion of the household income that the bereaved family is no longer receiving due to their loved one's death. Many families of workers who die as a result of workplace accidents retain a workers' compensation attorney to help ensure that they receive their due benefits.

Source: Go San Angelo, "UPDATE: Man who fell to his death from telephone tower identified", June 18, 2014

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