December 1, 2023
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Risk at working and cleaning in skyscraper

Risk at working and cleaning in skyscraper

A big part of the risk is that a fall from a six-story building can be fatal, but there are other risks shared by all construction workers. a worker who is not using fall arrest protection loses his footing at the top of a six-story

For instance, many of the skyscrapers being built in New York have empty roof spaces. 

Within these empty roofs there is a real danger of falling debris that could injure or kill workers below ground. 

Because falls are so much more common than injuries or deaths, it’s likely that construction worker falls will never be tracked unless they’re fatal”. 

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), fall protection prevents 87% of fatalities in construction, but only 29% of injuries. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls are the number one killer in construction, far exceeding deaths caused by other hazards like electrocution or struck-by incidents. 

However, because falls are so much more common than injuries or deaths, it’s likely that construction worker falls will never be tracked unless they’re fatal”.

Growing skyscrapers also pose risks to workers cleaning windows at street level. Because many buildings are still under construction, scaffolding is often not yet erected or stable near skyscraper windows. 

The workers cleaning the windows have to rely on ladders anchored to walls or roofs to reach the upper floors of buildings under construction. 

Sometimes these ladders are tied to unstable scaffolding, which means that if a strong wind comes along, they may come loose. 

Even though they are tied down, the workers are at risk of being dragged into traffic. 

For these reasons it’s important that anyone who plans on working in or around skyscrapers take safety precautions to avoid injuries or even death.

Facts and instances about working and cleaning in skyscraper :

1. The highest recorded fall from a window was 28 stories.

2. A worker cleaning the 32nd floor of the Sears Tower in Chicago fell to his death when he dropped his ladder while climbing to the 26th floor.

3. A worker died when he fell to his death at ground level while trying to remove an air-conditioning unit on the roof of One World Trade Center in New York City . 

He lost his footing at the top of a six-story scaffolding and fell 25 feet onto street level, landing between two parked cars.

4. Workers approach dangerous temperatures nearly always unprotected while cleaning windows out on skyscrapers.

5. Many workers are not using the required safety equipment while cleaning skyscrapers.

6. If a worker is not wearing fall protection, he can lose his footing at the top of a six-story building and that can be fatal.

7. If a worker is not wearing fall protection, he can lose his footing because of wind or debris in empty roofs at skyscrapers when they are being cleaned .

8. Many workers are not using their required safety equipment while cleaning rooftops in skyscrapers because sometimes ladders are tied down to unstable scaffolding when there are strong winds . 

The wall or roof they are using to clean windows can be thrown into traffic and drag them down.

9. A worker died when he fell 25 feet to his death when he lost his footing while climbing an eight-story scaffolding to clean windows.

10. A worker died when he fell 27 feet to his death at street level while trying to remove an air-conditioning unit on the roof of One World Trade Center in New York City . 

He lost his footing at the top of a six-story scaffolding and fell 25 feet onto street level, landing between two parked cars.

11. A worker was killed when he fell 33 feet to his death while working on the roof of the Empire State Building (built in 1931) .

The work he was doing was cleaning windows on the top of the building.

12. A worker died when he fell 38 feet to his death while cleaning a window on top of a building at 110 E 42nd Street in New York City , and then lost his footing and fell through the roof to another level of scaffolding . 

He landed between two parked cars. If he hadn’t been wearing fall protection, he would now be resting next to those cars as a corpse.

13. A worker died when he fell 40 feet to his death while working on the roof of the infamous twin towers in New York.

14. A worker died when he fell 50 feet to his death while cleaning windows on top of One57, a new luxury tower in Manhattan .

 He was using a platform lift attached to the side of the building.

15. A worker died while cleaning windows on top of One World Trade Center in New York City . He was using a platform lift attached to the side of the building. 

The fall happened after he lost his balance and fell 50 feet through empty space before hitting scaffolding between two floors.

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