Window-washer dies in fall at Baltimore's World Trade Center

October 24, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A veteran window-washer died yesterday in a fall at Baltimore's 30-story World Trade Center, where he apparently was working for the first time.

The victim, Wade C. Dutton, 40, appeared to have been caught by his safety gear before reaching the pavement, and his body remained suspended about 20 feet above the ground until city firefighters could bring it down using a forklift vehicle.

Dutton, 40, the father of three teen-age children who lived in the 1200 block of E. Madison St., was on his first day at the building for his employer, Skyclean of Baltimore, said his mother, Annie Dutton Davis, 63. She said that her son had been a window-washer for several years and that she was told he had been working outside the 28th floor when he fell about 1:25 p.m.

The accident was being investigated by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency and Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the law enforcement agency responsible for the building, said its spokesman, Cpl. Greg Prioleau.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's Maryland section misidentified the employer of a window washer who died Tuesday in an apparent fall at the World Trade Center in Baltimore. Wade C. Dutton worked for U.S. Window Washers of Randallstown. The Sun regrets the error.

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