OSHA investigates man's 33-foot fall at Kansas power plant

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LA CYGNE, Kan. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating after a worker fell 33 feet at an east-central Kansas power plant.

The U.S. Department of Labor said in a news release Wednesday that the worker was demolishing a filtration device called a precipitator when he fell Tuesday at KCP&L's La Cygne Power Plant. The release said the man remains hospitalized. He works for Brandenburg Industrial Service Company of Chicago. No one from the company immediately returned a phone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will lead the investigation. Judy Freeman, of OSHA, says falls are one of the leading causes of workplace deaths and injuries. But she stressed that they are "very preventable" when workers have proper protective equipment and training.