Architect Falls To Death From High Rise Building

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A man fell to his death Thursday from the rooftop of a skyscraper in New York City, while working on installing the very feature that could have saved his life.

Architect Bruno Travalja, 52, the owner of Crown Architectural Systems in New Jersey, was working on the former Flatotel Hotel building at 135 West 52nd Street in Midtown Manhattan.  The building had changed owners in 2013 and was being converted to luxury condominiums and offices.

A glass barrier for a rooftop terrace was scheduled to be installed on the 42-floor building, and Travalja had reportedly gone to the rooftop to take measurements.   Only an 18-inch-high safety barrier was currently in place.

Sources say Travalja had walked near the edge and had kneeled down to check on something or take measurements.  When he stood up, he tumbled off the edge.  It is believed he may have gotten dizzy when he stood up.  Unfortunately, the safety harness he was wearing was not attached to anything.

An NYPD official said Travalja was pronounced dead at the scene, and the Buildings Department and the New York City police department are conducting an investigation, according to Fox News

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