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Man killed in 100-ft wind turbine fall near Desert Hot Springs identified

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A man who suffered fatal injuries in a 100-foot fall while working inside a wind turbine near Desert Hot Springs was identified today as a 52-year-old Calexico resident.    

Mario Contreras Jr. fell while working at a wind generation facility located west of Highway 62 and Painted Hills Road about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday,
according to Riverside County coroner's officials.    

He was pronounced dead at the scene.    

According to California Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokesman Luke Brown, the agency was notified by a representative of Site Constructors Inc. that an employee "fell more than 100 feet inside the tower of a wind turbine."   

The agency investigates workplace accidents.    

Site Constructors did not immediately respond to a request seeking additional information.

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