Here is the story:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/08/07/scaffolding_scare_calls_into_question_rigging_regulation/

They are “leaning” away from human error.  “It was just a freak thing that happened.”

I would be willing to bet human error was in fact involved.  Possibly they are implying that the two individuals involved did not err, which I would understand; however, if the equipment failed do you think human error may have been involved?

Normally when equipment fails, it is because HUMANS do no operate or maintain the equipment properly, which means what?  Human error.

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By the way, I can’t let you go without making one more comment about the window washer article; the comment about Massachusetts not enforcing OSHA laws is totally misleading.  MA falls under Federal OSHA jurisdiction, while some states have state plans which require adherence to the federal guidelines at least, with some guidelines being stricter (CA/OR/UT/KY for example).  Most states fall under the federal plan just like Massachusetts.