Window washer is critically injured in fall when scaffold cable snaps

October 21, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A window washer working at a medical building in Otterbein was critically injured yesterday afternoon when he fell three stories after a cable holding scaffolding snapped, fire officials said.

Brian Kelly, 38, was treated by doctors from Deaton Medical Center in the 600 block of S. Charles St. He was transported by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in critical condition yesterday.

The full extent of his injuries was not known, but fire officials said he suffered a broken femur and possible back or spinal injuries.

Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman, said the accident occurred about 12: 30 p.m. when a cable apparently broke. Torres said Kelly's safety line apparently was hooked to the scaffolding that fell.

Kelly, who was cleaning windows on the fifth story, fell onto a roof of a neighboring two-story building.

Capt. Kevin Brocato, of Rescue 1, rappelled from the center's roof to secure the dangling scaffolding.

Pub Date: 10/21/97

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