Window washers put their trust in the equipment they use every day, and most workers complete their duties without incident. When an accident does happen, however, a fall from a significant height can cause serious injury as seen in a recent accident involving a California man.
According to reports, the man fell while setting up the window washing apparatus on the 11th floor of a building -- around 60 feet from the ground. The man apparently fell onto a moving car that was in the traffic below before coming to rest on the road. The Toyota Camry sustained significant damage, but the driver was not injured.
The window washer, however, was seriously injured and was listed in critical condition at the time of reports. According to reports, the man was bleeding from his ears after the accident. Witnesses reported that the man was wearing a safety harness, but police said the man was not yet clipped on the safety line. They believe he may have fallen while trying to adjust cables on the apparatus.
While wearing the appropriate safety equipment is always important, these devices can sometimes fail, and accidents do happen before the equipment is in place. Having access to or utilizing safety equipment does not offer absolute protection from an accident. After any type of workplace incident, the victim should talk to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to determine if any third parties may be at fault. In some cases, the victim may be able to file a civil suit seeking compensation for expenses and pain and suffering related to the injuries.
Source: ABC 7, "San Francisco window washer survives 11-story fall" Lyanne Melendez, Nov. 22, 2014