Window Washing Platform on Midtown Highrise Crashes to Ground Below
A window washing platform being used on a highrise in midtown Toronto fell approximately 25 floors to the sidewalk below on Thursday afternoon. There are no injuries reported as a result of the incident.
Toronto police responded to a call for “unknown trouble” at Yonge and Eglinton around 1 pm on Thursday, as two men were reportedly “dangling” from a building. Officials said the window washing platform had collapsed, Toronto Fire was on scene, and there were no reported injuries.
Soon after police divulged the initial details, they further reported the two men were assisted to safety at the top of the building.
Mayor John Tory took to Twitter to thank fire crews for rescuing the window washers. He also confirmed the Ministry of Labour is investigating the incident.
Thank you to the @Toronto_Fire crews who rescued two window washers at Yonge and Eglinton today. Thankful that no one was injured on the ground below and that the Ministry of Labour is now investigating what happened. https://t.co/LIkzxhBHQM
— John Tory (@JohnTory) September 24, 2020
This isn’t the first time overhead work has caused incident on Toronto’s streets in the last few months. In August, roads were closed because a crane collapsed at the intersection of River and Dundas streets, and less than a month earlier, multiple buildings in the downtown core were evacuated when a crane hit a building at Simcoe and Wellington.
Today in midtown, as a result of the incident, Yonge Street is closed northbound at Soudan and southbound at Eglinton; closures are expected to last several hours, according to police.