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Workplace injuries result from water tower tank accident

A man in a different state recently suffered injuries on the job. The accident is said to have occurred on a Monday. Fortunately, when people suffer workplace injuries in Texas or elsewhere, it is within their rights to seek workers' compensation benefits to deal with the resulting financial costs.

The man who was injured at work is a painter. The injury happened when he reportedly fell into a municipal water tower tank, which held 500,000 gallons of water. Crews were able to rescue him and transport him to the hospital.

At the time of the accident, which occurred around 12:30 p.m., the tank had already been drained for the purpose of painting. The scaffolding apparently collapsed inside the tank, which was around 200 feet in the air. He was rescued at a little before 3 p.m. and was reportedly complaining about a back injury and a possible broken arm. The Occupational and Safety Health Administration at the federal level investigated the accident.

Most companies in the state of Texas must purchase workers' compensation insurance coverage, which provides benefits to workers who suffer workplace injuries or become ill on the job. The benefit of this type of insurance is twofold. First, it makes it possible for injured employees to obtain benefits no matter who was at fault in their workplace accidents, and second, it protects employers from being sued by their employees. Anyone who has been hurt on the job has the right, alongside an experienced workers' compensation attorney, to pursue claims for all applicable benefits.

Source: indianagazette.com, "Worker hurt in fall inside water tower", Nov. 15, 2016

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