WATCH: Window washers rescued in NYC scaffold mishap
Two window-washers have been pulled to safety at the 68th floor of One World Trade Center, after a snapped cable left their scaffold dangling precariously for more than 90 minutes Wednesday.
Rescue crews cut through a heavy plate glass window to reach the dangling end of the scaffold and pull the two workers into the building, after carefully harnessing them to safety tethers secured inside.
WABC-TV reported the scaffolding has been temporarily secured by emergency workers.
At the same time, rescue crews considered the best way to reach the window-washers, according to the report, which quotes a statement from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. William Chiapane, a fire department official interviewed by ABC radio, said the workers remain tethered to the scaffolding while waiting for rescue.
CBSNewYork.com is reporting that the cable snapped at about 12:45 p.m. as the workers were about to move the scaffold upward from the 68th floor on the south side of the building.
The 104-story tower, built on the scene of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, has only recently begun receiving tenants.