UAE | Emergencies

Two window cleaners fall from 10th floor

Police still investigating cause of accident that killed two window cleaners in Abu Dhabi

  • By Nada Altaher, Gulf News
  • Published: 14:00 October 17, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News
  • The broken maintenance cradle lying on the ground near the building on the corniche street in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi: Police on Wednesday were  still investigating the cause of an accident that killed two Asian window cleaners.

The cleaners died after they fell from the 15th floor of the Dubai Commercial Bank building located on Khalifa Street in Abu Dhabi when their scaffolding collapsed on Tuesday afternoon.
A witness working at the café in the next building told Gulf News that the accident took place at approximately 3:20pm.
Major Esmail Mohammad Saeed Al Shamsi, from the civil defense, said that the two men were trapped under the fallen platform where they died, as the defense team tried to rescue them.
Al Shamsi said that upon receiving the news, Abu Dhabi police cars and ambulances were sent to the scene, along with the civil defense and security media.
First Lieutenant Abdullah Hamad Al Tamimi, head of the Customer Service Centre at the General Directorate of Civil Defence in Abu Dhabi, urged all those working in the construction and maintenance field to carry out regular checks on their equipment to make sure that these have not been subject to wear and tear.

These safety measures must be taken in order to ensure the safety of their users and those surrounding keeping in mind that the Civil Defense carried out the Salamatak (your safety) campaign to raise workers awareness in the industrial sector, Al Tamimi said.
Last week, two workers were rescued by the Abu Dhabi Police after the rope supporting their scaffolding snapped.

Comments (4)

  1. Added 15:42 October 17, 2012

    Very sad news and our prayer. Cleaning company must compensate with good money for thier poor family. Cleaning company supervisor must check the graddle properly before start the work for unskilled worker.

    Syed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:05 October 17, 2012

    I think in future to avoid such incidents management should find some mechnical way to clean and maintain high rise building glass. So Engineering firms should participate their efforts to make this job free from human manual labour.

    Rehman Anwar, RAK, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:42 October 17, 2012

    I think this calls for a serious look by authorities all over UAE to ask landlords to perform regular maintenance checks on equipment used for glass cleaning of high-rise buildings. Of course the landlords will not carry it out themselves to save money until they are forced to do so.

    Nasir, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:32 October 17, 2012

    May Allah SWT bless them and grant their families patience and great reward. We must remember to be kind and understanding to every single person we come across in our lives.

    Felicity, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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