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Window washers rescued after scaffolding gives way on Houston high-rise

Posted January 11, 2016

Emergency personnel worked from the roof and the inside of Texas' tallest building Monday to rescue two window washers stranded when their scaffolding support failed.

KHOU-TV in Houston reported that a motor failure caused the scaffold's support lines to give way. It could be seen dangling on a diagonal outside the 70th floor of the 75-story JPMorgan Chasetower.

It took rescuers about 20 minutes to reach the window washers and bring them in through a window to safety.


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  • Amy Kunkle Jan 11, 2016
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    So glad this story ended well. That had to have been terrifying...

  • Anne Havisham Jan 11, 2016
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    Although I'm good during an emergency, I think I would have needed me-sized diapers to get through that scenario -- from any vantage point.

    I'm glad everyone's all right; applause for all involved in the rescue!