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Window Washer Dies in Fall at Boston Library

Worker fell approximately five to seven stories inside the building.   October 25, 2022

By Dan Hounsell, Senior Editor

A window washer died from injuries sustained in a fall on Oct. 5 while working at the JFK Library in Boston, according to WCVB. Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said the worker fell approximately five to seven stories inside the building, which features a cavernous indoor contemplation pavilion enclosed by glass and steel. 

Boston police said the incident at the library was reported at approximately 10:32 a.m. Arriving officers found a man who had suffered a traumatic injury, and he was declared dead on the scene. 

The U.S. Occupational and Health Administration later confirmed it was inspecting Gaeta Window Cleaning in connection with the incident. 

The 115,000-square-foot presidential library, which was designed by I.M. Pei, features a nine-story tower and the iconic enclosed pavilion with a giant flag at its center. The 80-by-80-foot pavilion is 115 feet high. The original building was completed in 1979, and a 21,800-square-foot, two-floor Stephen E. Smith Center was added in 1991. 

Dan Hounsell is senior editor of the facilities market. He has more than 25 years of experience writing about facilities maintenance, engineering and management. 


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