Two window washers were rescued at One World Trade Center after a malfunctioning scaffolding cable left them trapped near the 68th floor of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
The harrowing incident began approximately 12:45 pm on the south side of the 1,776-foot-tall building, CBS New York reported. The washers had finished cleaning the windows and were about to move to the top of the skyscraper when the motorized cable pulling up the scaffold broke or become loose, fire officials told WNBC.
FDNY crews cut through glass on the 68th floor and carefully pulled in the trapped workers to safety around 2:15 pm. The FDNY tweeted this image from inside the building:
— FDNY (@FDNY) November 12, 2014
The rescued window washers were reported to be in good condition. The two men were identified by the 32BJ SEIU property services worker union, to which they belong, as Juan Lizama and Juan Lopez, according to Mashable.
The 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper welcomed its first tenants last week, as more than 170 Conde Nast employees moved into five of the media giant’s 25 floors, CBS reported. By early next year, 3,000 more Conde Nast workers will move in.
Shots from the scene around the time of the rescue this afternoon. The crane in the foreground is at the Port Authority’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub, a $4 billion project in progress. Nearby, the $1.4 billion Fulton Center transit hub opened this Monday.