Window washing platform collapses at One World Trade Center 69 stories high

A scaffold malfunction left two window washers dangling 69 stories high over New York City on Wednesday afternoon, the Daily Mail reports.

The incident occurred at One World Trade, the tallest building in the Western hemisphere at a staggering 1,776 feet.

The Fire Department of New York City said it responded to a call from the building shortly before 1pm and immediately raced to the scene.

According to NBC, ‘Emergency crews were considering several potential rescue plans, including breaking some windows to pull the workers inside or attempting to fix the cable that snapped on the workers’ scaffold. In the meantime, the trapped workers were handed additional harnesses to better secure themselves and the FDNY said they do not appear to be in imminent danger.’

The two workers were trapped on the south side of the building, and both were tethered.

Emergency crews broke the windows on the 68th floor of the building to get the workers back in the building and safe.

One World Trade Center opened to the public for the first time on 3 November, when the first tenets moved in. About 3,400 employees will take up office space from the 20th to 44th floors of the 1,776ft-tall tower in the coming months, while the remainder of the building’s 104 stories will fill afterward.

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