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Window washers left dangling after collapse in Manhattan

  • Two workers were on the 70th floor of the Time Warner Center on Tuesday  
  • While washing windows, one side of the scaffolding collapsed around 12.50pm 
  • Both workers were left hanging at a 45-degree angle alongside the building 
  • Workers got themselves to safety by climbing through window of an apartment

By Valerie Edwards For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:59 EST, 14 November 2017 | Updated: 21:32 EST, 14 November 2017

Two window washers were left dangling 70 floors in the air after scaffolding collapsed in New York.

The workers were on the 70th floor of 25 Columbus Circle when one side of the scaffolding collapsed around 12.50pm Tuesday afternoon. 

Both workers were left hanging at a 45-degree angle alongside the Time Warner Center, police said after the incident.

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Two window washers were left dangling 70 floors in the air after scaffolding (pictured) collapsed in New York. The workers were on the 70th floor of 25 Columbus Circle when one side of the scaffolding collapsed around 12.50pm Tuesday afternoon
Two window washers were left dangling 70 floors in the air after scaffolding (pictured) collapsed in New York. The workers were on the 70th floor of 25 Columbus Circle when one side of the scaffolding collapsed around 12.50pm Tuesday afternoon

Two window washers were left dangling 70 floors in the air after scaffolding (pictured) collapsed in New York. The workers were on the 70th floor of 25 Columbus Circle when one side of the scaffolding collapsed around 12.50pm Tuesday afternoon

An FDNY spokeswoman said the workers were able to get themselves to safety by climbing through a window of an apartment
An FDNY spokeswoman said the workers were able to get themselves to safety by climbing through a window of an apartment

An FDNY spokeswoman said the workers were able to get themselves to safety by climbing through a window of an apartment

'Window washer unit currently stuck above Columbus Circle. FDNY is everywhere, much of the area taped off,' one bystander tweeted.  

An FDNY spokeswoman told the NY Daily News that the workers were able to get themselves to safety by climbing through a window of an apartment.

Firefighters arrived on scene and made sure the scaffolding was secure enough to hand over to the window cleaning company. 

Dramatic photos showed the scaffolding tilted at an angle after the workers made it to safety. 

The window washers' injuries were minor and treated at the scene. 

'This afternoon, there was an issue with a window washing rig,' a spokesman for the Time Warner Center said in a statement to CBS. 

The Time Warner Center said out of caution the 'western side of Columbus Circle has been closed until further notice' but other entrances to the building are operating as normal. 

The identities of the workers have not been released.  

Dramatic photos showed the scaffolding tilted at an angle after the workers made it to safety. The window washer's injuries were minor and treated at the scene
Dramatic photos showed the scaffolding tilted at an angle after the workers made it to safety. The window washer's injuries were minor and treated at the scene

Dramatic photos showed the scaffolding tilted at an angle after the workers made it to safety. The window washer's injuries were minor and treated at the scene

The Time Warner Center said out of caution the 'western side of Columbus Circle has been closed until further notice' but other entrances to the building are operating as normal. The identities of the workers have not been released
The Time Warner Center said out of caution the 'western side of Columbus Circle has been closed until further notice' but other entrances to the building are operating as normal. The identities of the workers have not been released

The Time Warner Center said out of caution the 'western side of Columbus Circle has been closed until further notice' but other entrances to the building are operating as normal. The identities of the workers have not been released

 

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