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Construction worker dies in 3-story fall

An accident that took place on Thursday, Sept. 18, left one person dead and will leave a Tyler, Texas, work site closed down for an undetermined amount of time. Witnesses to the construction accident described the incident as "terrible" as officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration began their investigation.

The accident happened just before 12:30 p.m. at the site of a new hotel in south Tyler. Officials say that the 35-year-old victim was working on the third floor of the structure, located on Heritage Drive, when he fell out the window. According to police, the worker was allegedly climbing out the window into a large box sitting on top of a fork lift. At some point, officials say the box fell off the fork lift and fell onto the ground outside the window with the worker inside.

Witnesses say they heard the sound of the wooden box hitting the ground before seeing the worker amid the wreckage. Work on the construction site was immediately stopped and other employees were taken into the building to retrieve their tools before being sent home. Personnel with the crime scene investigation unit were brought in immediately and OSHA was also called in to assess the situation.

Workplace accidents are more common in some industries than in others, but workers who are injured on the job all face the same struggles. While recovering from their injuries, employees are unable to work and make money to support themselves and their families. Some employees may be covered by workers' compensation insurance to help them through their difficult time. A workers' compensation attorney can help determine a client's potential eligibility for benefits.

Source: KTRE, "'It was terrible,' says a construction worker at the scene of a fatal accident", Marshall Stephens, September 19, 2014

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