Midtown, Manhattan- At about noon today, two window washers were rescued from the facade of a midtown building. The platform they were standing on to wash windows became stuck and they could not move. FDNY and NYPD Emergency Service personnel were able to free the men after about 30 minutes.
The building where this incident took place was on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 54th Street. It was 36 floors and the washers were stuck near the top at the 35th floor.
The two men were bought to safety through a window in the building. This method of saving trapped window washers has been used before.
In November 2014, two washers stuck on the 69th floor of 1 World Trade Center were bought into the building through a hole cut in a window by FDNY Rescue Company 1.
The two window washers from today’s incident refused medical treatment by EMS after being saved. It is unknown exactly what caused the malfunction in their platform.
Reporting, photos and video by Brendan Walsh (@brendanwalshnyc).