2 window washers rescued from 42-story scaffolding on a Midtown skyscraper

MIDTOWN (WABC) – Two window washers got stuck 42 stories in the air in a Midtown skyscraper on Friday morning.

It happened shortly after 8 am at 712 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

The employee scaffolding suddenly stopped moving and froze.

FDNY battalion leader Robert Meuser said “a very simple mechanical problem” caused the problem with the scaffolding.

Firefighters had to cut the glass window of the building to get the two workers safely inside the building.

Lt. John McCann said the two “were probably the calmest people on the scene”.

“It was a smooth operation, the members worked efficiently,” he added.

“They gave us the thumbs up the whole time, we had radio communications and they really weren’t nervous at all,” McCann said. “They were able to run the troubleshooter, do most of the troubleshooting items by themselves.”

Helping in the ease of the rescue was good weather in New York City on Friday.

“With a beautiful day like this, we were able to get a very good dimension off the ground,” said McCann. “We had a grounded boss, I think we have some drone shots, so life has been good enough for us.”

The two workers were treated on the spot and were not injured.

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