According to the Sydney Morning Herald on 20th October, two men fell from a window cleaning platform in Sydney after their platform’s cable snapped, twelve stories up.
Each of the men were in serious condition after quickly being rushed to the St Vincent’s Hospital; with one man suffering from serious leg injuries, while the other sustained internal and back injuries.
Fortunately, the incident resulted in no fatalities, but it is a strict reminder that accidents happen in the workplace everyday, often out of the blue.
At Stacks Goudkamp, we were extremely sorry to read this news after learning it had occurred. Window cleaning can pose many dangers, especially when working on large buildings several stories high up in the air, and fortunately the workers’ injuries were not life threatening. Praise goes in particular to passers-by and the emergency services for rescuing the men and averting a more serious disaster.
It’s always sad to see this type of situation occurring, but victims do need to be aware that they are likely to have rights to compensation after workplace accidents in the form of weekly payments and medical expenses, and in the case of more serious injuries, potentially lump sums for impairment and damages for past and future loss of earnings.