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

Posted January 11

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!