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Window Washing Work Accidents

Steve Wagner

The job of a window washer is more than just precarious, it’s downright dangerous. Recent work accidents have proven this to us, with the latest being a man who fell from eleven stories up on a bank in San Francisco, landing on top of and shattering a car, and suffering extreme injuries in the process.

The man, who has not been identified, was not on the washing platform, but was moving equipment around on the roof of the building when he fell. Eyewitnesses say it looked like a “blue streak” and it was all “so instantaneous”. People surrounding the accident jumped in to help. They covered the man in clothing, because they recognized him as being in shock. They said they did not attempt to move him in order to prevent further injuries he may have sustained to his spinal cord. When police and emergency personnel arrived, they transported him to San Francisco General Hospital where he was admitted with critical injuries.

This incident is the most recent in a string of events involving window washers on the job. Most notably, news coverage surrounded the World Trade Center two weeks ago when two men were left dangling from a washing platform for over two hours when one of the cables became loose on their rigging.

We have so many incredible structures here in Indianapolis, and the skyline of our downtown is growing every year. With more added high rises, however, comes more and more risk to the window washers who maintain them. Fall injuries, according to OSHA, remain the most frequent cause of workplace injury and death.

Have you been injured in a window washing accident, or perhaps suffered an injury in the construction of one of these buildings? Wagner Reese can help you. Our workers’ compensation attorneys can get you the money you need to recover, pay your medical bills, and move on past your injuries. Give us a call today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.


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