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2 Workers Rescued From Scaffolding Outside Midtown Skyscraper: FDNY

2 Workers Rescued From Scaffolding Outside Midtown Skyscraper: FDNY
By Brynn Gingras

Two window washers were rescued from scaffolding after becoming stuck 22 stories up at a 30-story skyscraper on Fifth Avenue Wednesday, authorities say.

The movable scaffold got stuck after its electricity died, according to a source at the scene. As a result, the device wasn't able to move up or down, trapping the workers.

FDNY crews rescued the workers by cutting through a double-pane glass window. The workers were not injured, the source said.

The scaffolding company will work to determine what went wrong with the scaffold, which was still hanging from the building at 3:30 p.m. Mechanics at the scene planned to raise the scaffold to the roof, fix it and then lower it to the ground.

Heavy traffic delays were reported in the area as authorities responded.