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Hospital window washer injured after scaffolding fall

Hospital Safety Insider, August 6, 2015

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A window washer was critically injured August 5 after falling six stories at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to a report from WLS-TV.

According to the report, the worker fell from the building around 8 a.m. Wednesday. He broke two legs and suffered internal injuries, but was expected to survive.

Staff from the hospital rushed out of the building and brought the window washer into the emergency room, according to the report, and he was reported to be in surgery.

The man who fell works for Corporate Cleaning Services, which released a statement, "This is one of our most experienced and dedicated employees and we are focused on providing assistance to him and his family as he undergoes various medical tests and procedures. We are also working closely with investigators so that we can better understand exactly how this happened and to ensure it doesn't happen again."

According to the report, federal safety records show that the company he works for, Corporate Cleaning Services, has been cited for three safety violations since 2008 by OSHA, causing the company nearly $6,000 in fines.

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