Man painting 3-story building in Evanston dies after falling

Scott Gordon

A Chicago man died Sept. 7 after falling from a ladder while painting an Evanston office building, police said.

The man, Robert Klein, 38, of the 6200 block of North Bell Avenue, was painting trim on the building with a co-worker when he fell about 35 feet and struck his head, said Cmdr. Michael Perry of Evanston Police Department.

Klein fell at approximately 12:34 p.m., when he tried to step from his 32-foot high ladder to a scaffold affixed to the building, at 1029 West Howard St, Perry said.

Klein, who was self-employed, was taken to St. Francis Hospital. Once at the hospital he was pronounced dead of multiple injuries resulting from a fall from a height, said a spokesman from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, which ruled the death accidental.

The three-story office building houses the Morseview Pharmacy, an insurance office, and several medical and dental practices.