Scaffold malfunction leaves workers stranded mid-air

by | Nov 20, 2014 | Workplace Accidents

The new World Trade Center officially opened the week before this workplace incident, though it had been in use since June, authorities said. The two window washers were working on the south side of the building when one of the four cables supporting their scaffold gave way.

Immediately following the event, investigators were still trying to determine what caused the malfunction. According to the Port Authority of New York, window-cleaning services have been shut down while authorities continue to investigate the incident.

While the two workers in this case appear to have escaped the event without injury, worksite incidents like it carry the potential to result in catastrophic injuries or even death. When workers in Pennsylvania suffer injuries on the job, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may cover hospital bills and medical expenses related to the treatment of workers’ injuries as well as lost wages in the event that the workers’ injuries prove to be disabling.

Source: ABC News, “Window Washers ‘Doing Well’ After Scaffold Mishap”, Jake Pearson, November 13, 2014

The new World Trade Center officially opened the week before this workplace incident, though it had been in use since June, authorities said. The two window washers were working on the south side of the building when one of the four cables supporting their scaffold gave way.

Immediately following the event, investigators were still trying to determine what caused the malfunction. According to the Port Authority of New York, window-cleaning services have been shut down while authorities continue to investigate the incident.

While the two workers in this case appear to have escaped the event without injury, worksite incidents like it carry the potential to result in catastrophic injuries or even death. When workers in Pennsylvania suffer injuries on the job, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may cover hospital bills and medical expenses related to the treatment of workers’ injuries as well as lost wages in the event that the workers’ injuries prove to be disabling.

Source: ABC News, “Window Washers ‘Doing Well’ After Scaffold Mishap”, Jake Pearson, November 13, 2014

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