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Hancock Tower window-washing rig falls and injures worker

A window-washing rig on the John Hancock Tower hanging about 20 feet high struck a worker on the ground this morning after one side of it suddenly dropped, according to the Boston Fire Department.

Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said the worker, who suffered non-life threatening injuries when the incident occurred at 10:17, works for the window-washing company.

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Boston EMS confirmed that he was transferred by ambulance to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He did not know whether anyone was in the rig at the time.

“[The rig] is parallel with the building and one end shifts, so it was almost at a 45 degree angle,” MacDonald said.

MacDonald said he did not know if the worker on the ground was adjusting the rig’s position when it dropped or the specific cause for the accident, and he could not identify the company or the worker.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.

Zolan Kanno-Youngs can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @KannoYoungs
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