STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WTAJ) — A construction worker died Thursday evening after falling from an open window of a building.

State College police were sent to assist EMS at the Days Inn demolition site at 240 South Pugh Street just after 4:30 p.m. Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers was also called to the scene where Joshua Farkas, 42, of Maryland, was pronounced dead.

The worker reportedly fell five stories and died from blunt force head trauma. A preliminary investigation showed the fall was accidental in nature, according to the State College Police Department.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has also reportedly opened an investigation into the accident. U.S. Department of Labor Regional Director of Public Affairs Leni Fortson said Farkas was employed by Interior Specialists Inc. of White Marsh, Maryland who are doing business as ISA Demolition.

Fortson says OSHA has six months to conduct its investigation and release any findings.


ORIGINAL STORY — An emergency crew, including the coroner were called to a construction site in downtown State College on Thursday.

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Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers was called out to the Days Inn building along Pugh Street Thursday afternoon. The building is in the process of being torn down for construction.