Two workers were rescued after being trapped in a window-washing rig that hung steeply at the 68th floor of the country’s highest building, the One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, CNN reported on November 13.
About 2:15 p.m., rescuers were able to pull 41-year-old Juan Lizama and 33-year-old Juan Lopez to safety after sawing thick layers of glass panes on the building’s 68th floor. The workers were transported to Bellevue Hospital Center with mild hypothermia, but fortunately no other injuries.
The window-washer rig was supplied by Tractel, a material handling company that also designed the scaffolding that collapsed at a building in Manhattan a year ago. The company has not yet commented on the issue.
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