Window worker falls inside JU building, dies

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - An employee of Duval Glass and Mirror Inc. working to repair a window inside a building at Jacksonville University fell off a ladder and died Wednesday morning, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police said the man was caulking a window inside Terry Concert Hall about 9 a.m. and was about 25 feet up inside the lobby of the building when he fell and landed on his head.

Police said he reached over too far, which caused him to fall. They said someone was holding the ladder.

The man was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, where he died. His identity was not immediately released pending notification of next of kin.

"It's going to be awfully tough on his family," said Sgt. Shawn Coarsey, of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. "He's out here earning a living, probably buy Christmas presents for his family, and then accident happens, so it's tough."

The men working on the windows are private contractors JU uses on a regular basis.

"Our heart goes out to his family and his company," said Derek Hall, JU vice president of University Relations. "I'm sure it's a small company and a tight-knit group. I could tell just by looking at their faces."

No students were inside the building at the time to witness the accident.

Classes were canceled inside the concert hall immediately afterward. The university was planning to alert students with an email.

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