NYC window washer deaths underscore job hazards
- By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press
For more than two decades, Andrew Horton was content with his job as a window washer.
But one day, hanging off the 86th floor of the Empire State Building with just a belt tying him to a window, "I did say to myself, there's got to be a better way to make a living!"
Horton, 52, now runs New York City's main safety training program for window washers, teaching them how to reduce the risks of an occupation that has claimed three lives in the city in the past year alone.
The latest accident happened after midnight Tuesday. Two men, working in a cherry picker off the World Financial Center, tumbled to their deaths when the machine tipped over and fell 40 feet to the ground, police said. The men, both in their 30s, were not immediately identified.