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Window washer dies after fall from Trump Hotel in Las Vegas

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A window washer died after a fall from Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (File photo: Gerard Ramalho | KSNV)

UPDATE, Dec. 13 | The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man who died as 27-year-old Jonathan Garcia of Las Vegas.

The exact ruling on cause of death is still pending, according to the coroner's office.

ORIGINAL | A window washer died Wednesday after apparently falling at Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, according to police.

Officers got a call just after 12:30 p.m. about a man who fell from the hotel, said Officer Laura Meltzer of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Police and firefighters responded and discovered he was a window washer. He was taken to UMC where he was pronounced dead, according to Meltzer.

A witness who called 911 said there were two window washers rappelled on ropes over the side of the building when a wind gust started hitting the building.

The wind started swaying one of the washers back and forth, causing him to hit the building forcefully.

On the third hit, the witness said, the washer fell head first onto the pool deck.

Witnesses said he was roughly five stories above the deck, and several guests were there to witness the chaotic moments in front of the lobby.

"It's tragic. I think the window washers are all over the place. It's a dangerous job," one guest, Kendra Diaz, said,

The witness who called 911 said he found a nurse in the lobby and they rushed to the pool deck together to try to save the window washer's life.

A spokesperson for the Trump Organization released the following statement regarding the 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.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is handling the investigation, according to LVMPD.

A representative for OSHA confirmed it was notified of an accident at Trump International Hotel.

Guests at the hotel are questioning whether or not the right safety procedures were followed.

“I’m a little shocked. I would think, with how many skyscrapers there are here in Las Vegas, there would be better safety precautions for the window workers," guest Meredith Hudek said.

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