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Scaffold collapse at NYC Hearst Tower

A person is about to be pulled to

A person is about to be pulled to safety through a window after being stuck on a scaffold on the side of the Hearst Building in Manhattan. (June 12, 2013) Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

Two window washers left dangling for more than two hours from the 45th floor of the Hearst Tower in Manhattan were pulled in through windows in a dramatic rescue Wednesday afternoon.

A person is about to be pulled to
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A person is about to be pulled to safety through a window after being stuck on a scaffold on the side of the Hearst Building in Manhattan. (June 12, 2013)

With the Hearst Building in Manhattan looming over
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With the Hearst Building in Manhattan looming over head and a disabled window washing platform still dangling near the top, FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief James Leonard speaks about the incident after two men were rescued. (June 12, 2013)

A person is just about to be pulled
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A person is just about to be pulled to safety through a window while being stuck on the window washing unit on the side of the Hearst Building in Manhattan. (June 12, 2013)

Window and maintenance equipment that hangs on the
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Window and maintenance equipment that hangs on the side of the Hearst Building in Manhattan is moved to the roof, exposing the window that was cut out to rescue two people that were stuck on the equipment and had to be rescued by FDNY personnel. (June 12, 2013)

FDNY Paramedic Moses Nelson speaks about the good
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FDNY Paramedic Moses Nelson speaks about the good condition of the two people he helped after they were rescued from a disabled window washing basket that got stuck and bent severely near the top of the Hearst Building in Manhattan. (June 12, 2013)

FDNY Rescue 1 Firefighter Tom Gayron, stoically speaks
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FDNY Rescue 1 Firefighter Tom Gayron, stoically speaks about his role in saving two men stuck on window washing equipment near the top of the Hearst Building in Manhattan. Gayron went out a window that firefighters cut out, onto the disabled equipment dangling in the side of the building to help successfully rescue the men. (June 12, 2013)

Broken scaffolding on top of the 46-story Hearst
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Broken scaffolding on top of the 46-story Hearst Tower building is viewed after two trapped window washers were rescued on June 12, 2013 in New York City. The workers, who were servicing the window-washing equipment when the scaffolding broke, were left dangling 500 feet above Eighth Avenue. Firefighters and NYPD emergency service unit officers were were able to rescue the men as hundreds of onlookers gazed up from the street. (June 12, 2013)

People look up at broken scaffolding dangling from
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People look up at broken scaffolding dangling from the top of the 46-story Hearst Tower moments after two trapped window washers were rescued on June 12, 2013 in New York City. The workers, who were servicing the window-washing equipment when the scaffolding broke, were left dangling 500 feet above Eighth Avenue. Firefighters and NYPD emergency service unit officers were were able to rescue the men as hundreds of onlookers gazed up from the street. (June 12, 2013)

People look up at broken scaffolding dangling from
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People look up at broken scaffolding dangling from the top of the 46-story Hearst Tower moments after two trapped window washers were rescued on June 12, 2013 in New York City. The workers, who were servicing the window-washing equipment when the scaffolding broke, were left dangling 500 feet above Eighth Avenue. Firefighters and NYPD emergency service unit officers were were able to rescue the men as hundreds of onlookers gazed up from the street. (June 12, 2013)

A woman photographs broken scaffolding dangling from the
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A woman photographs broken scaffolding dangling from the top of the 46-story Hearst Tower moments after two trapped window washers were rescued on June 12, 2013 in New York City. The workers, who were servicing the window-washing equipment when the scaffolding broke, were left dangling 500 feet above Eighth Avenue. Firefighters and NYPD emergency service unit officers were were able to rescue the men as hundreds of onlookers gazed up from the street. (June 12, 2013)

The 46-story Hearst Tower building is viewed after
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The 46-story Hearst Tower building is viewed after two trapped window washers were rescued on June 12, 2013 in New York City. The workers, who were servicing the window-washing equipment when the scaffolding broke, were left dangling 500 feet above Eighth Avenue. Firefighters and NYPD emergency service unit officers were were able to rescue the men as hundreds of onlookers gazed up from the street. (June 12, 2013)

Firefighters return to their trucks after rescuing two
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Firefighters return to their trucks after rescuing two window washers left dangling from broken scaffolding on the top of the 46-story Hearst Tower on June 12, 2013 in New York City. The workers, who were servicing the window-washing equipment when the scaffolding broke, were left dangling 500 feet above Eighth Avenue. Firefighters and NYPD emergency service unit officers were were able to rescue the men as hundreds of onlookers gazed up from the street. (June 12, 2013)

People look up at broken scaffolding dangling from
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People look up at broken scaffolding dangling from the top of the 46-story Hearst Tower moments after two trapped window washers were rescued on June 12, 2013 in New York City. The workers, who were servicing the window-washing equipment when the scaffolding broke, were left dangling 500 feet above Eighth Avenue. Firefighters and NYPD emergency service unit officers were were able to rescue the men as hundreds of onlookers gazed up from the street. (June 12, 2013)

People look up at broken scaffolding dangling from
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People look up at broken scaffolding dangling from the top of the 46-story Hearst Tower moments after two trapped window washers were rescued on June 12, 2013 in New York City. The workers, who were servicing the window-washing equipment when the scaffolding broke, were left dangling 500 feet above Eighth Avenue. Firefighters and NYPD emergency service unit officers were were able to rescue the men as hundreds of onlookers gazed up from the street. (June 12, 2013)

Life continues on the street below the 600-foot-high
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Life continues on the street below the 600-foot-high Hearst skyscraper in midtown Manhattan as firefighters rescue two window washers whose scaffolding collapsed near the top of the building Wednesday. (June 12. 2013)

People look to the top of the 600-foot-high
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People look to the top of the 600-foot-high Hearst skyscraper as two window washers whose scaffolding collapsed are rescued by firefighters in midtown Manhattan Wednesday afternoon. (June 12, 2013)

The Hearst Tower, center, in Manhattan is shown
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The Hearst Tower, center, in Manhattan is shown as firefighters rescue two window washers whose scaffolding collapsed from the top of the building. (June 12. 2013)

One of two window washers rescued from a
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One of two window washers rescued from a collapsed scaffolding near the top of the 600-foot-high Hearst skyscraper, located in midtown Manhattan, climbs through an opening in the glass to the safety of the building after he and a coworker were rescued by firefighters in New York, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (June 12. 2013)

People look to the top of the 600-foot-high
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People look to the top of the 600-foot-high Hearst skyscraper as two window washers whose scaffolding collapsed are rescued by firefighters in midtown Manhattan Wednesday afternoon. (June 12, 2013)

Curious onlookers try to record the scene at
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Curious onlookers try to record the scene at the top of the 600-foot-high Hearst skyscraper as two window washers whose scaffolding collapsed are rescued in Manhattan. (June 12. 2013)

Firefighters rescue workers hanging on a scaffold in
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Firefighters rescue workers hanging on a scaffold in midtown. (July 11, 2012)

Firefighters rescue one of three workers from a
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Firefighters rescue one of three workers from a scaffold after it collapsed on the 15th floor of a building on 200 East 65th St. in Manhattan around 10:20 a.m. Friday. (April 13, 2012)

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