Just when New Yorkers thought they had seen it all this winter, along came a new cause for alarm on Wednesday: ice, a danger on the ground and from above. In brick-shape chunks, not-so-little thunderbolts and snowball-size clumps, ice slammed down on streets and avenues in the city. Pieces of ice came loose from buildings tall and small. They propelled themselves from the cables on bridges; the Verrazano-Narrows and George Washington Bridges were closed for part of the morning because of ice showers.
When ice starts falling from skyscrapers, as happened on Wednesday in New York, the temptation is to fault the modern architect, who is often viewed as long on aesthetic vision but short on practical details.
Protection from snow and ice that falls from downtown Omaha's Zorinsky Federal Building is coming soon in the form of a $2.2 million canopy project. The federal General Services Administration has awarded a canopy contract to Tarlton Corp. of St. Louis. The work is to be completed by Dec. 21, said Cy Houston, director of project management for the GSA's Heartland Region. Last winter, snow and ice fell to the sidewalk from the building's aluminum-clad windowsills and louver-like sunshades. No one was injured. But temporary scaffolding was set up to ensure that no one got hit.
The snow has come to an end for now, the temperatures are warming up and you need to be on the lookout for falling ice. Most cities have signs in place warning of falling ice on sidewalks around the area but many people don’t pay much attention to them. In Chicago, ice is falling off buildings and creating a real danger.
A woman was taken to a nearby hospital this afternoon after apparently being struck by a piece of falling ice from a building on the Magnificent Mile. The incident happened at about 2:15 p.m. near the North Bridge Mall, 520 N. Michigan Ave. A person was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital from that location, said Cmdr. Will Knight, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. At the scene, a woman with bandages on her head was seen being spoken to by firefighters...
Property owners in Helsinki who failed to clear snow from their roof may be tried for involuntary manslaughter after an elderly man died after being stuck by falling ice. Police say that it is possible that the proprietors of the house were negligent in their responsibility to clear the roof after a man died on Monday, January 10, in Finland’s Hakaniemi district....
The owners of a building were fined $25,000—for failure to maintain the building— after glass panels in its atrium fell during a Saturday night Purim party.Fifteen people suffered minor injuries and workers were seen trying to repair the roof yesterday. According to the NY Times, "ice fell from the 32nd floor of the 37-floor high-rise... striking two three-feet by five-feet glass panels at about midnight." The Daily News says the glass panels then fell 80 feet."
6-Year-Old Boy Is Killed by Falling Ice in St. Petersburg
Falling ice killed a 6-year-old St. Petersburg boy on Thursday, days after three children were injured in similar incidents, city investigators said. Investigators are examining if the building's owner was negligent in failing to clear the roof.