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Posted at 1:21 PM ET, 07/21/2010

Arlington worker falls 7 stories to his death

By Washington Post editors

Update, 3 p.m.

ARLnow.com reports that the construction worker who fell to his death Wednesday in Arlington fell seven stories, through a glass atrium and into the hotel’s front lobby.

The website also has pictures from the scene.

Earlier post:

Arlington worker falls 5 stories to his death
1:21 p.m.
A construction worker fell five stories through a glass atrium of an Arlington hotel Wednesday to his death, ABC 7 reports.

The worker was at the Arlington Court Suites Hotel at the time of the incident.

A police spokeswoman said the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate.

By Washington Post editors  | July 21, 2010; 1:21 PM ET
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Comments

Proof that gravity does suck.

Posted by: nuke41 | July 21, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I know from experience that family members of people killed in accidents read these stories and add comments about their loved ones. If the Post can't moderate pages like this more carefully, they should disable comments.

Posted by: Rachelva | July 21, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I agree whole heartedly with Rachelva...the
initial poster showed incredible insensitivity and has revealed more about themselves than any one could imagine..one very unhappy person and definitely no fun to be around in any circumstance...Sounds like a teen or very young 20's person, and maybe that explains it some..

Posted by: pentagon40 | July 21, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Aw, give me a break, rachelva and pentagon40.

While I understand your sentiments and can surmise that you're in all likelihood good-hearted people, I have to say that the web would be a dull, dull, politically-correct sandbox indeed if folks like you had your way.

If relatives of victims want to set up tribute / memorial sites in honor of their departed loved ones, those are the most appropriate places for the sorts of comments you're talking about.

This is supposedly a news website. People like nuke41 are responding to these stories as "news," reacting to the inescapability of mortality and the tedium of tragedy and the horrible absurdity of it all. And I can't blame 'em.

Besides, if you or your loved one has the misfortune of ending up on the local news, why would you care what a bunch of uncouth strangers think, anyways?

But, who knows, you may have your way if the Post cracks down on its boards and tries to coerce people into commenting under their "real" names. Which will render this a sterile and politically correct forum, just like many people (apparently) want.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | July 21, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

What a horrific way to die. Hopefully he did not suffer too much pain.

Posted by: jabreal00 | July 21, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

It wasnt the fall that killed the worker.

It was the sudden stop, when he made contact with the ground, that caused his death.

He was probably still alive when falling 7 stories, but I'm sure his underwear did chance colors.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | July 21, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Make that *change colors.
Sorry for the typo.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | July 21, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

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