Hancock Tower Window-Washing Rig Falls, Injuring Worker

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A window-washing rig on the John Hancock Tower injured a worker on the ground Saturday morning, after one side of it suddenly dropped, the Boston Globe reports.

Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald told Boston.com the unidentified man was working on scaffolding from an L-shaped staging area on the ground, when an attached window-washing platform, extended about 15 feet in the air, fell over, hitting the worker. He did not suffer life-threatening injuries and was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The incident occurred around 10:17 a.m.

“It weighed a good deal,” MacDonald said.

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MacDonald said he did not know the cause of the accident and could not identify the company or the worker.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.