Questions remain after window washer dies in fall, 8 News Now revisits past incidents in LV

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Las Vegans and tourists were full of questions and concerns Wednesday night, after a window washer fell to his death just off the strip, at the Trump International Hotel. 

A lot of the people 8 News NOW spoke to, said they were surprised an accident like this could happen. 

“It’s like wow,” tourist Deondre Brown said.

Official details are still limited as The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be investigating Wednesdays incident, but one witness says the man swung around the corner of the tower before falling. 

Metro Police said the victim was taken to University Medial Center where he later died. 

“That’s terrible,” tourists Kathy and Robert Meyers said. “It’s really unfortunate for the guy.”

Las Vegas has seen a few other high rise emergencies over the years.

Back in April, high winds whipped cables and trapped two window washers 17 floors up the side of The Palms Casino Resort.

Five years ago, firefighters repelled from a downtown building to save a man after his equipment malfunctioned. 

In 2009, two workers crashed into the side of The Encore Resort, as wind gusts swung the scaffold they stood on and a cable snapped. 

OSHA released new safety regulations in May to prevent more dangerous situations. It requires all window washers to use a special “Rope Descent System” with building anchors before scaling any skyscraper. It also asks companies to provide proper training, rope rigging and emergency rescue plans. 

Another rule keeps workers grounded on stormy or windy days. 

“It’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard,” Brown added about today’s accident. “Like seeing something out of a movie, but he’s not being saved and falling to his doom.”

As the organization investigates the mishap, many said no matter how safe things seem, anything can happen working on high structures. 

“You never know,” Brown said.

The Trump Organization released the following statement regarding today’s incident:

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the incident today. We are working diligently with the owner of the third party company to investigate the details. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family.” – spokesperson for the Trump Organization.

OSHA’s latest Window Washing regulations can be seen HERE.

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