Worker falls to his death in downtown Minneapolis
A man clearing snow off the roof of the IDS Tower's Crystal Court in downtown Minneapolis fell to his death Wednesday around 2 p.m., reports the Star Tribune.
Fidel Danilo Sanchez-Flores, one of two men cleaning the roof, fell five to six stories to his death. The men both worked for Columbia Building Services, a small northeast Minneapolis business. Sanchez-Flores, 52, lived in West St. Paul.
This incident kept the Crystal Court closed the rest of the day, though no one on the ground was hurt. This is at least the third death in downtown Minneapolis involving a worker falling from a building.
Michelle Ochs, who works downtown described the event as something from a movie. She was walking on the skyway level of the Crystal Court when she heard a crash and saw Plexiglas shards fall to the granite floor. Sanchez-Flores landed near the Christmas tree.
Silence followed by gasps and screams filled the court as rescue workers tried to resuscitate him. Efforts failed and a white sheet was placed over the body. Security guards closed off the entrances.
Questions about whether his harness was attached have been raised.