Window Washers Rescued from Dangling Scaffold Above 50-Story Skyscraper in Oklahoma

Erika Holt
May 16, 2019

The two workers were in a lift near the top of the 844ft (260 metre) tower when the basket suddenly became loose.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department has been called in to secure a large basket containing two window washers swinging at the top of Devon Tower.

Emergency crews rescued two window washers early Wednesday after high winds in downtown Oklahoma City sent their lift spinning out of control.

Close-up video shows the workers gripping the sides of the platform as it swings. The lift hit part of the building and broke glass.

The "very unsafe situation" unfolded around 7:45 a.m. local time.

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The building, Oklahoma City's tallest, is the corporate headquarters of energy company Devon Energy Corporation.

The cause of the incident is not yet known.

Within an hour, the window washers were "successfully rescued" and first responders were examining them for "potential injuries", the Oklahoma City Fire Department said in a statement posted on Twitter.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished with permission.

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