Workers on window gondola swing in mid-air

Sudden heavy rainfall and strong winds are two things we have to look out for in our country, even in the sweltering heat. On 22nd February 2022, a video went viral online of a pair of construction workers on a window gondola, violently swaying back and forth due to strong winds in KL.

The harrowing ordeal saw the workers clinging onto the gondola’s railing as it swung in mid-air around a building. Fortunately, no injuries was reported from the incident. 

Gondola swayed out of control with workers onboard

Videos of the incident in KL has been making rounds on social media.

It showed the window gondola with construction workers onboard being swung around in the blustery weather, dangerously close to TS Law Tower at Jalan Kemuning. 

Gondola swings - swinging
Image adapted from: @zunarkartunist

From a video shared by cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque on Twitter, the construction workers could be seen clinging onto the rails of the window gondola during the incident, while the platform continued to sway haphazardly in the fierce winds.

Gondola swings - far
Image adapted from: @zunarkartunist

The workers were able to scramble out of the gondola to safety when the gondola crashed against the side of the skyscraper, and finally stopped swaying in mid-air due to the impact.

Gondola swings - climbs out
Image adapted from: @zunarkartunist

No injuries reported from incident

It was also reported that the gondola smashed into several windows and beams, damaging parts of the building. According to a report by New Strait Times, strong winds and heavy rain had caused the gondola to swing violently. Two workers had been cleaning the building at the time of the incident.

A statement released by the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department also confirmed the incident.

They had received a stream of distress calls from onlookers, and a rescue team was subsequently dispatched to the scene.

Gondola swings - statementImage adapted from: @BernamaTV

According to a statement by the KL rescue department, the workers who were trapped on the gondola had managed to climb out of the gondola before the rescue team arrived at the scene.

A close shave from worst-case scenario

Extreme changes in weather conditions is something that is beyond our control, and the best we can do is to take proper precautions and look out for one another. We are thankful that none of the workers were injured, and we hope that they’ll take the time to recover from the trauma of the incident.

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Cover image adapted from: @zunarkartunist

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