Police: Worker dies after fall from Coral Gables building

A window washer fell from a building in Coral Gables and died Wednesday afternoon.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A worker fell from a Coral Gables building and died Wednesday, police said.

The incident happened in the afternoon hours near the intersection of Alhambra Circle and Salzedo Street in the city’s downtown area.

Police had a portion of Salzedo Street blocked off with crime scene tape as the victim’s body lay in the street.

Officer Kelly Denham, a spokesperson for Coral Gables police, said Miami-Dade police would be taking over the death investigation.

People who were in the building at the time told Local 10 News that window washers were working on the building Wednesday, and police later confirmed that the man there to clean windows.

Jose Sampron told Local 10 News he saw the man moments before the tragic fall.

Sampron says the victim was young and was using a pressure washer, working alongside a crew.

“There was one crying against the palm tree. It was. It was horrible,” he said.

Detectives said it’s unclear just how high the man was when he came down.

Local 10 News cameras were rolling as federal investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, better known as OSHA, arrived on the scene.

Officers are still trying to find out what went so wrong.

Police have not identified the victim.

About the Authors:

Chris Gothner joined the Local 10 News team in 2022 as a Digital Journalist.

Bridgette Matter joined the Local 10 News team as a reporter in July 2021. Before moving to South Florida, she began her career in South Bend, Indiana and spent six years in Jacksonville as a reporter and weekend anchor.