Friday, 18 September 2015

Tacoma Window Washer Falls To Death From Downtown Building

Inspectors on Thursday investigate a fatal fall of a window washer at a downtown Tacoma building. The accident happened at the Davita Building at 1423 Pacific Ave. The man apparently fell 10 stories after climbing over the edge of the building's roof.
Window washer in Tacoma falls to death from downtown building: A window washer died Thursday after falling from a downtown Tacoma building. The Pierce County medical examiner’s office identified the dead man as Timothy Thomas Sargent Jr., 30, of Kent.

Tacoma Fire responded to the accident, which happened about 9:45 a.m. at the DaVita building, 1423 Pacific Ave. Few details were available about the fall.

Sargent, who was working with a partner cleaning the building’s exterior, fell after apparently climbing over the edge of the building’s roof. He fell roughly 10 stories and was pronounced dead at the scene, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Sargent worked for Seattle-based United Building Services, said Cammy Wittrell, who represents the building owner, 1423 Pacific Partners. “It’s been a very trying and sad, sad day,” Wittrell said. “We’re trying to deal with this tragedy and are thinking about his family.”

No one from United Building Services was available for comment Thursday. The state Department of Labor & Industries is investigating the accident.

Inspectors investigate a fatal fall of a window washer at a downtown Tacoma building Thursday.
Window washer plunges to his death in Tacoma: washer fell to his death from a building in Tacoma. The 30-year-old man fell from the DaVita building Thursday morning, formerly known as the Sandberg Building, at 14th Street and Pacific Avenue.

Reports are that the man had just gone over the edge of the 180-foot-tall building when he fell to his death. Tacoma police are at the scene where window washing gear and cable can be seen hanging from the building. A bucket, rope and a pair of shoes are on the ground. Tacoma police and the Department of Labor and Industries are investigating.

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