Harness saves Spring Lake man from serious injuries

GRAND HAVEN — A Spring Lake man’s harness kept him from being tossed onto the street below when his lift vehicle tipped over Sunday morning, said Lt. Renee Freeman of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

Gregory VanCleave had been cleaning windows on the third floor of the Ottawa County Courthouse, when the incident occurred about 8:35 a.m.

The man, who was working for Fish Window Cleaning, had just started to lower the lift when the wheels began to sink in the ground, Freeman said.

VanCleave was partially thrown from the bucket, was saved by his harness, but was still hanging 15-20 feet from the ground when police arrived, she said.

Police used the aerial fire truck to reach the man and bring him into the bucket, Freeman said. He was not injured and refused treatment at the scene.

Dick’s Towing brought two vehicles to the scene to upright the lift.

Doug Collison, owner of the local Fish Window Cleaning franchise, said he was very relieved that the harness worked.

“Our employees and our customers are very valuable to us,” he said.

The owner said in the seven years they have been in business, they have probably performed 50,000 cleans and “we’ve never even come close to having an employee hurt,” he said.

Collison said the company is very big on safety.

“We have a training program, and we have weekly safety meetings,” he said.

Collison said the company they rent the boom lift from would be doing an investigation to determine if the tires of the lift sank into the ground or if they became soft.

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