Firefighters rushed to the aid of two workers Tuesday morning as they were left dangling from a scaffold 17 stories above the ground in Lower Manhattan.
The workers, who were washing windows at 33 Maiden Lane, were on the slanted scaffold starting at around 9:50 a.m. after the rig got stuck on the side of the building, according to the FDNY.
Police closed off surrounding streets as authorities made their way to rescue the workers.
NYPD Emergency Service Unit personnel were in the process of climbing down to the workers from the roof of the building to provide them life-saving ropes to secure the two men, officials said.
As of 10:32 a.m. rescuers were able to save the workers after smashing through a window on the 16th floor of the 27-story building.
“They were calm, they were professional,” saidFDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Michael Gala.
Both workers were taken to New York Downtown Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
The scaffolding was leveld by 12 p.m. and fully lifted at about 2:30 p.m. The FDNY said maintenance workers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will evaluate and investigate the situation.