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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

January 6, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Worker who fell from Seattle building dies

A 35-year-old man who fell 50 feet off a building near Seattle Center this morning has died.

The man, reportedly an iron worker, was on scaffolding at a building at 101 Taylor Ave. N. when he fell, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center though he was unconscious and had no pulse when medics arrived, Moore said.

Initially, it was reported that the man was a window washer, but it has since been learned he was an iron worker for North Coast Iron in Anacortes.

A woman who answered the phone at North Coast Iron said the company’s president was in Seattle but would not be answering media inquiries.

The dead man’s name has not been released.

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor & Industries said the agency was investigating the incident and an inspector had been at the site all day. She said there were no recorded safety violations for North Coast Iron.

Times news partner KING-TV reported that a co-worker said the victim was on his first day of the job. Worker David Widmer told KING the man had unclipped his safety gear when moving on scaffolding on the top of the building when he tripped over a welder and fell.

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