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Three killed and two injured in a work accident in West Virginia


For most, the workplace is an enjoyable and important environment for employees. Not only is it where they spend much of their time but it is also a big part of their livelihood. For some workers, the work environment can be one of high risk and danger. Enduring extreme hazards on a daily basis could put their life at risk. Even when health and safety measures are put in place, tragedy could ensue and a worker could be seriously injured or even killed.

Following a recent cell tower incident, two workers as well as a firefighter were killed in Clarksburg. Authorities reported that the fatal work accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. when two cell towers collapsed. In addition, two other workers were injured as a result of this workplace accident.

Preliminary reports indicated that three of the four workers involved were roughly 70 feet above the ground while the fourth employee was about 20 feet above the ground at the time of the incident. The accident occurred when the workers were attempting to reinforce the towers, but one tower collapsed before such efforts could be completed. All were pinned in the wreckage.

The second tower fell shortly after, and a firefighter working to extricate those trapped was killed during that incident. The two surviving workers were transported to the hospital for treatment. Their conditions are not known at this time.

Once the immediate shock of a workplace accident has passed, those affected will soon turn to the struggle of returning back to daily life. For some, this may not be possible immediately, as the loss of a loved one or an extended stay at the hospital could hurt financially as well as emotionally. However, those in need of financial assistance may be able to file for workers' compensation. This benefit could help the injured worker or the loved ones of a killed worker. It could help cover expenses associated with the work accident such as medical bills, funeral costs, damages and lost wages.

A work accident like the recent tragic event here West Virginia could seriously affect an employee and their loved ones. A worker could be killed or permanently injured or disfigured. Filing for workers' compensation is one way to help those affected address the financial ramifications as they look to move forward from the accident.

Source: UPI, "3 killed when two cell towers collapse in West Virginia," Feb. 2, 2014

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