A faulty scaffold trapped 2 window washers at Chase Tower’s 71st floor, leading them to fear for their lives as they helplessly dangled against the tallest skyscraper in Texas.
Eyewitnesses called 911, informing dispatchers about the terrifying mishap at around 10:37 in the morning, on Monday, January 11. First responders quickly arrived at the scene, in order to assess the situation, and determine what assistance they could provide to the two workers.
Eventually, fire fighters decided on taking out the window of the office situated at the 71st floor, so as to attempt to rescue the duo from within the skyscraper, after coming to the conclusion that any efforts focusing on the outside of the building would’ve been ineffectual.
Their decision was proven to be the right one, since the window washers were easily pulled inside the tower, getting to feel the ground beneath their feet once again.
In order to address the crisis, a mechanic employed by the same window washing business that the two men had been working for was also dispatched at the 75-story JP Morgan Chase Tower. He managed to resolve the issue affecting the scaffolding’s engine, and removed the rig from the Houston building’s roof.
As a result, the entire episode was considered resolved by 11:10 a.m., with the 1,000 feet-tall skyscraper and its surroundings being declared out of danger and risk-free.
According to Jay Evans, a representative of the Houston Fire Department, the two men that have been successfully retrieved from the malfunctioning temporary structure are now safe and sound.
They haven’t experienced any physical trauma, and didn’t require any medical assistance, although they are obviously still shaken after going through such a horror-inducing experience.
The entire event is currently being investigated by local authorities. So far, it is speculated that as one of the rig’s motors stopped working, a portion of the platform collapsed, leaning at a 45-degree angle, and leaving the two window washers unable to make a safe descent on their own.
This is actually the second incident of this kind that took place in Houston in recent months. Back in October 2015, a group of 6 workers sustained injuries after the scaffolding they were standing on took a tumble, outside a 7-story residential building that was being constructed near Minute Maid Park.
Luckily, none of the victims were fatally wounded at the time, but the rig collapse still raised alarm regarding the risks faced by construction crews when being supported by such unstable platforms.
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