Companies Cited in Fatal 47-Story Scaffold Accident in NYC

June 11, 2008

Federal and state investigators have issued violations against two companies in the scaffold accident that sent two window washers plummeting 47 floors from a Manhattan skyscraper.

One of the two men was killed. The survivor, Alcides Moreno, underwent 16 operations and remains in rehabilitation.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations accusing the company that employed the window washers and the company that installed the scaffold of violating federal workplace safety standards.

The state Labor Department also issued violations in the accident on Monday.

OSHA investigator Richard Mendelson says the Dec. 7 accident that claimed the life of Edgar Moreno could have been prevented. He says a device that holds a lifeline for workers on the scaffold was installed improperly.


Information from: The New York Times

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