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Worker Dies In Construction Accident At Power Plant

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One person is dead following a construction accident, according to officials.

The accident happened at the power plant Duke Energy is building in Edwardsport. John Garrett, 52, was painting inside a tank when the scaffolding he was on collapsed, according to Knox County officials.

He fell 40 feet to the concrete below. The coroner says the official cause of death is blunt force trauma.

According to officials for Duke Energy, Garrett worked for Texas-based sub-contractor CNBI.

The company dismissed workers from the site and will hold a mandatory safety meeting before work resumes.

Duke Spokesman Angeline Protogere said, "The company share’s the family’s grief," and added "Duke Energy takes safety very seriously."

The investigation is ongoing.