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Window washer dies in fall at JFK Library in Boston

Window washer dies after fall at JFK Library
Window washer dies after fall at JFK Library 02:38

DORCHESTER – A window washer died Wednesday morning when he fell inside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester.

It happened around 10:30 a.m.

Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden said the man fell about 5-7 stories to the ground below.

"It does, at the end of the day, appear to be a tragic accident," Hayden said. "But we will engage in a thorough investigation together with the Boston Police Department and OSHA and all other relevant parties to determine exactly what happened here."

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Director Alan Price released a statement following the man's death.

We are profoundly saddened by the death of a contractor who was washing windows in our facility earlier today. We offer our deepest condolences to his loved ones and colleagues. Workplace safety has always been a priority in our facility. The Boston Police Department and OSHA are conducting a full investigation into this tragic incident. 
This person has worked safely in our building for many years as a member of the team from the window cleaning company that was onsite this week to pressure wash the building. Due to inclement weather, they moved inside to clean the interior of the Pavilion glass. This company has been cleaning the Library's windows for years and conducts Pavilion window cleaning twice a year. 
This is a shocking and tragic event and I extend my deepest sorrow to his family and the JFK Library family.  

The library is closed every Wednesday and was not open to the public when the incident happened. The facility will remain closed on Thursday and will reopen on Friday.

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