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‘Tragic accident’: Window washer falls to his death inside Boston’s JFK Library

WFXT Boston 10/6/2022 Frank O'Laughlin

An investigation is underway after a window washer fell to his death inside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston on Wednesday morning.

The worker was about 5 to 7 stories high when he suffered the fall, according to Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden. His name has not been released.

“It does, at the end of the day, appear to be a tragic accident,” Hayden said during a news conference.

Crews first responded to the report of a fallen worker at the library at Columbia Point just after 10:30 a.m.

Police roped off the area and a number of emergency vehicles were spotted at the scene.

The worker had been onsite pressure washing the building this week, but due to the inclement weather, he and his team had moved inside to clean the pavilion windows, according to the library.

In a statement, the library said, “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...This is a shocking and tragic event and I extend my deepest sorrow to his family and the JFK Library family.”

The national memorial to President John F. Kennedy sits on a 10-acre waterfront site, offering panoramic views of Boston’s skyline and Harbor Islands.

The library has 22 permanent exhibits that cover President Kennedy’s life from his boyhood to assassination in 1963.

It opened in 1979 with a dedication from President Jimmy Carter.

Boston police, the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, and OSHA are leading the investigation.

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