Window washer falls to his death in St. Cloud

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Officials say the death of a window washer who fell 70 feet to his death in St. Cloud Sunday was likely an accident, the St. Cloud Times reports.

St. Cloud police say firefighters responded to a call at the Kelly Inn in downtown St. Cloud about 5:08 p.m. Sunday after the man's fall.

While the window washer has not been formally identified by officials, family members confirm that the victim was Lee Teske, 56.

Teske's sister, Dawn Witschen, says her brother was an experienced, self-employed window washer who worked in both St. Cloud and Minneapolis.

Teske reportedly was wearing a safety harness on, which rescue workers had to remove as they were treating him. The man apparently fell onto the breezeway that connects the Kelly in to the River's Edge Convention Center.

The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the cause of the apparent accident.

Deaths of window washers on the job appear to be relatively uncommon in Minnesota, but that hasn't prevented the state's OSHA office from taking action.

In 2012, the agency tightened safety requirements for window washers on the job after three workers died from 2009-2011, the Star Tribune reports.

The last death was in June 2011, when a 25-year-old man fell eight stories while washing windows at an apartment building in St. Louis Park, WCCO-TV reports.

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