Saturday, May 20, 2017

Window-washing worker died after he fell from scaffolding at Jay and Johnson Streets at an NYU tech building in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn, NY —

 A work-related incident in the area of Brooklyn, NY claimed the life of an unidentified window cleaner Thursday, May 18, 2017.

The incident happened at Jay and Johnson Streets at an NYU tech building around 8 a.m.

According to police, the man was cleaning the windows when he fell from the scaffolding. Witness accounts claim the man was not wearing a harness at the time of the incident.

The exact cause of the incident is yet to be determined.

The official investigation into the incident is ongoing and may reveal more details as it concludes.

There was no more information made available by the early media reports.


A worker who fell from a building in Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday morning has died, according to a city official.

It happened around 8 a.m. outside an NYU tech building at Jay and Johnson Streets.

The man appears to have been cleaning windows when he fell from the scaffolding into an external basement area.

"I saw the guy hanging down. Like, he was cleaning the window, he was hanging," one witness recalled. "Like, his foot just went off-balance and he flipped frontward and his head hit the floor. And then that's when everybody was calling."

"He was speaking to somebody, one of his co-workers from the window, so I don't know if he was paying attention," the witness continued. "He had no harness on, and he just fell down on his head."

The worker's identity has not been released.