Window Washer Rescued In Walnut Creek After Scaffolding Collapses

October 16, 2020 12:20 pm · 16 comments

Two window washers left dangling on ropes after their scaffolding collapsed Friday morning were rescued by firefighters at a building in Walnut Creek.

The scaffolding apparently collapsed about 6:45 a.m. at the California Plaza building on North California Boulevard, leaving the two men suspended on safety ropes, according to a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman.

The men were rescued by firefighters and taken to a hospital for evaluation shortly after 8 a.m.

Information about why the scaffolding collapsed was not available.

photo credit: ConFire

Ricardoh October 16, 2020 at 12:36 PM

There is something that should never happen even if there was a wind.

Martinezmike October 16, 2020 at 12:39 PM

They’re lucky they didn’t suffer serious window pains.

Ash October 16, 2020 at 3:10 PM

thanks for paineful laughter!

Susan October 16, 2020 at 3:41 PM

Martinezmike thanks for the lol. Have a good weekend!

Original G October 16, 2020 at 1:41 PM

Pretask plan reviewed and filled out, inspection of rigging, staging, connection point equipment. Would suspect equipment failure first and human error second.

Suspect both have newfound appreciation of their Safety harnesses.

WCreaker October 16, 2020 at 2:24 PM

The safety harness is the last line of safety controls! The redundant systems on the scaffold is what is really there to prevent incidents.
Let’s hope for their future safety there really are pretask checklists, work reviews, training……

Clam Bake October 16, 2020 at 1:50 PM

One of them is my neighbor! This rarely (if ever) happens. This profession takes incredible skill, safety precautions, and dedication. We are SO grateful they are OK!

Captain Underpants October 16, 2020 at 1:55 PM

I bet they shard themselves

Ash October 16, 2020 at 3:12 PM

boy, there are some creative people here.

i hope they only use their powers for good.

Hayden Barsotti October 16, 2020 at 1:59 PM

There is a Walnut Creek ordinance stating “you can’t hang around here.”

Aunt Barbara October 16, 2020 at 4:13 PM should not begin before 8am, but in walnut creep there are no ordinances set up anymore, They are all from ages ago when it was a small town.
The worst offense is the responder on click fix, who tells people to basically handle things themself….lazy bum

Sam L October 16, 2020 at 8:59 PM

I’m thrilled they are OK! Could have ended badly.

anon October 16, 2020 at 11:13 PM

This would be a good scene in a movie. Maybe even the whole movie, make it a bottle story about a man with problems facing death. Have the other guy fall off at the 2/3 mark to make it exciting. IDK.

Ilovepopcorn October 17, 2020 at 5:36 AM

Wow! Those men must had been really freaked out. Like everyone has said and I am so thankful they are ok. You would think with all of our technology we would have developed a built in window washing system. Then the window washers would be replaced by automation. Or not: they could be the people operating the machines that do the windows! We need a better way.

Valiii October 17, 2020 at 9:18 AM

Why did it take over an hour to rescue them?

Bluebird October 17, 2020 at 10:19 AM

Because the firemen need to secure and make sure no one else including themselves, will be hurt or injured. This isn’t a movie where The Rock flies in with a helicopter and jumps out, hanging onto the rope and repels down with the men clinging onto his mighty awesome arms and legs.

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