Window washers were trapped on a scaffold near the 68th floor of One World Trade Center. The two workers suffered mild hypothermia and needed to be rescued by a rescue team. Individuals from the New York police department and fire department came on to the scene to help the two individuals. They cut through three layers of glass to help the pair.
The development of slack on the side of the scaffolding trapped the two workers. The slack caused the scaffold to tilt, which can be very dangerous. Upgrade Service, the scaffold contractor, believes that equipment failure in the traction hoist brake mechanism may have caused the slack to form. This means that the cables on the basket did not descend at the same rate, causing one cable to go slack.
Our attorney David Perecman articulates that human error accounts for a majority of scaffolding accidents that occur. If people fail to maintain and check the equipment used during window washing, accidents are inevitable. Things that go wrong in elevated atmospheres can have more serious injuries than others can.
The first responders on the team worked in tandem to lower the rescue basket and transfer the workers to safety, while cutting through the three panes of glass. Diamond saws were used to cut through the glass.
Because it is one of the most dangerous jobs in New York City, window washing has many laws related to it. Under Section 202 if the New York Labor Law, building owners, managers, and leasing agents must provide safe means of cleaning. They must also provide safety equipment to ensure the workers’ health. In a similar vein, window-washing companies should also maintain and check the equipment they allow their workers to use.
At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., we fight for victims of window washing accidents. If you or a loved one was harmed while working on a scaffold, contact our New York personal injury attorneys today.