New York, NY – Two window washers fell after a scaffolding collapsed at Related Companies’ 30 Hudson Yards on Saturday, Nov. 14. Firefighters were called to the scene at approximately 11:03 a.m. and while on the scene, rescuers said the workers fell from around 10ft and landed on a terrace at the 37th floor.
The reason for the collapse had not been disclosed at the time of this writing. However, according to reports, the preliminary information from an FDNY official is that the two workers were reached to determine their proper navigation of care. One of the workers was treated at the scene. The other was taken to the hospital to receive proper medical attention.
There were no reports regarding fall protection and it is unknown if the workers on duty were adhering to the proper protocol during the moment of the collapse. According to the usual standards, anyone working on a scaffold must wear a harness if they are working more than 10ft above the lower level.Therefore, if the two men were wearing the appropriate harness and the harness was safely connected, the fall-arrest system would not have allowed them to fall more than 5 ft.
In short, as per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, all scaffolding and workers must meet the appropriate standards to avoid accidental harm and/or death. Scaffoldings and aerial lifts require specific training courses. However, collapses like this have been somewhat of a plague to the Westside properties. Therefore, it is unclear if the area’s site safety management is following the proper policy
Currently, according to The Commercial Observer @commercialobserver.com, there are 150 personal injury lawsuits against Related or various limited liability companies tied to the company and its contractors. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that scaffolding accidents make up nearly 30% of all workplace deaths due to falls from ladders and scaffolding. Although no information was given about the two men that fell, it is also unclear what caused the accident. Fortunately the falls were not worse and hopefully a lesson can be learned to prevent future workers from further catastrophes.
Ben Kimmel is a proud member of the IUOE Local 94, as well as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Certified Recovery Coach, Certified Professional Life Coach, and Peer & Wellness Advocate. Ben can be reached at email@example.com.