Wind knocks workers from scaffold

This post was authored by Rodd Santomauro and posted to The Eye Opener on March 1st, 2010.

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An incident, which has kept local media outlets buzzing over the past few days, is an incident which occurred last Friday in the District of Columbia, at a construction site in Georgetown in the 1800 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW.  Two men, who were brothers, fell from a 30 foot high scaffold, apparently as a result of wind gusts.

What we would like to know is, why were the two men allowed to be up on such high scaffolding in the first place, when there was a High Wind Warning in effect on Friday, as posted by the National Weather Service (NWS)?  A High Wind Warning means the following, as stated by the NWS:

This warning is issued by the National Weather Service when high wind speeds may pose a hazard or is life threatening. The criteria for this warning varies from state to state. In Michigan, the criteria is sustained non-convective (not related to thunderstorms) winds greater than or equal to 40 mph lasting for one hour or longer, or winds greater than or equal to 58 mph for any duration.

In this case, the two men were seriously hurt, but are expected to survive.  How could such work be allowed to go on, given the nature of what a High Wind Warning is defined as?  We await further facts in regard to this tragedy, that may shed light on this most unfortunate situation.

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