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West Virginia Construction Accident / Atlanta Accident #257570

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 27, 1978
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(Studio) Collapse of scaffolding inside power company's cooling tower in Belmont, West Virginia, in which 51 workers are killed, noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Belmont, West Virginia) Details given about accident at Monongahela Power Company plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia. [MAN - describes accident.] Is noted that Bob Steele, of Belmont, lost 9 relatives. Speculations of construction workers on site with regard to cause of collapse stated.
REPORTER: Susan Spencer

(Studio) OSHA report on safety inspections of power station detailed. Statement of spokesperson for tower builder, Research-Cottrell, Incorporated, quoted. Construction workers' jumps to safety on Atlanta parking lot building site, as concrete platform fell, noted. Film shown.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Spencer, Susan

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