Henry Tilley, president and CEO of Duval Glass and Mirror in Jacksonville, Fla., offers more details pertaining to the recent death of an employee as a result of falling 25 feet from a ladder. Luis Adam Escobar, a window installer for the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company, was caulking a window at the university’s Terry Concert Hall when he fell and landed on his head, according to police reports.

“The company was shutdown from Wednesday on, but we are back in operation,” says Tilley in an exclusive interview with dwmmag.com. Tilley said the company met with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last week to begin the investigation and the company has scheduled another meeting with OSHA tomorrow.

Classes normally held in the university building were not in session during the accident and no students were in the vicinity.

Escobar lived in Ponte Vedra Beach, had worked for the company off and on for the past few years.

“All of our employees are greatly affected,” says Tilley. “We knew Luis for quite sometime. It’s almost like losing someone in your family. It’s traumatic.”

Escobar, 43, was taken to the Shands Jacksonville Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after the incident.

Local Florida glass shops who spoke to dwmmag.com also noted the ripple effects of Escobar’s passing.

“We take as many safety precautions as possible, so this really hits close to home,” says Tim Wilkerson of Jacksonville-based Discount Glass. “It hits close to the heart.”

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