Two workers recently suffered injury from falling glass coming from a large shattered window at a Baltimore area office and residential tower. The 20-story Exelon Building at Harbor Point houses the regional headquarters of the Exelon power conglomerate, as well as more than 100 apartments and several ground-level retail stores.
This injury-causing window is the latest in a long line of failures – and injuries – seen both in this building and in others around the country. The owner of the Exelon Building, Beatty Development Group, suspects that flaws in the windows themselves, namely tiny inclusions of nickel sulfide in the glass, are to blame for the accident.
No information is available about the condition of the workers injured by the falling glass. Beatty has erected a scaffold around the building until a complete inspection can be done of the more than 7,000 windows throughout the structure.
Serious injuries are possible
Though we don’t know the extent of the injuries suffered by the two workers in this accident, falling objects can result in serious work-related injuries. One of the foremost injuries caused by falling objects is head trauma. Often seen on construction sites, where even hardhats often aren’t enough to protect workers from the impact, falling objects like hand tools or building supplies can result in concussions, traumatic brain injury or even death.
An object dropped from a height gathers momentum on the way down, which is part of the reason why injuries are often severe. If you are injured in a workplace accident, whether caused by a falling object, a fall, a malfunctioning piece of equipment, a car accident or another cause altogether, you have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical expenses and your lost wages.