Two workers rescued from 23rd-floor fall in Abu Dhabi

Cleaners’ platform sways heavily in strong winds

02 Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Two cleaning workers were rescued from falling from the 23rd floor of a building still under construction in the Khalidiya area in Abu Dhabi, by the Emergency and Public Safety Directorate of the Abu Dhabi Police.

The Asian men were trapped on scaffolding which they used while cleaning the building’s exterior.

Winds accompanying a sand storm which hit the capital caused the scaffolding to swing heavily.

The Central Operations Department at Abu Dhabi Police received a report on the incident, bringing the Al Falah rescue quickly to the site along with an ambulance, according to Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Ebrahim Al Ameri, Deputy Director of Emergency and Public Safety Department.

After clearing the surrounding area to ensure the safety of the workers and pedestrians, Abu Dhabi Civil Defence had to break the glass window where the workers were located, because of the challenges which the wind posed in moving the scaffolding.

The two men were transported to Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) where they were examined and cleared as free of injuries and medical complications.

Earlier this month, two Indian window cleaners fell to their death from the 15th floor of a building at the end of Al Muroor Road, Abu Dhabi, due to a technical failure in the platform they were using.

The men were trapped for four hours before the maintenance cradle they were using crashed to the ground.

Meanwhile, two Asian workers were rescued by Abu Dhabi Police earlier this month after they almost fell from a building on Al Salam Street.

The window cleaners were saved from falling 15 stories after the rope supporting their scaffolding suddenly snapped.

Rescue workers gave the two men directions to help them steady the scaffolding and prevent it from swinging before they were safely brought to the ground.

This came as the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) issued a warning for towering clouds associated with thunderstorm, rain, rough seas, and strong winds along the UAE’s west coast yesterday with poor visibilty.

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I dont get it why are these poor workers not provided with a safety beltkind of thing attached to their waists and the top of the building? Thisway no matter what happens they would be safe.

Hisham

31 October 2012 18:55jump to comments
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