Exteriors of buildings aren’t always smooth brick walls. There are all sorts of indentations and protrusions, from terraces to stonework, to cornices. There are also items that are not part of the building, but are affixed to it, like scaffolds and window air conditioners. And if such items are poorly secured or loose, this could lead to disaster.
Every once in a while, New Jerseyans will hear of a “high wind advisory,” usually in conjunction with a thunderstorm, hurricane, or nor’easter. And as strange as it may seem to people who equate tornadoes with places like Kansas and Oklahoma, a "downburst," which closely resembles such a windstorm event, hit Gloucester County this past June.
If something is loose on the exterior of your building, high winds make them vulnerable, whether you’re in the city itself or the suburbs. There are also other causes, such as construction accidents or material that comes loose after a number of years:
Consider these recent incidents in the tri-state area:
In West New York, New Jersey in June 2014, four people were injured when bricks fell from the second-floor façade of a building. The mayor, who is also a doctor, ran from his nearby office and helped the victims.