NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two window washers trapped on a broken platform outside the 69th floor of New York’s One World Trade Center scrambled to safety through a hole cut in the glass on Wednesday after dangling for two hours alongside the city’s tallest skyscraper.
Rescuers pulled the men from an oblong, open-topped platform used to clean windows as one end of it hung on a sharp, almost vertical angle from the newly opened tower, high above the National September 11 Memorial in lower Manhattan.
Tenants started occupying the 104-storey structure only last week, a milestone in the long, fraught process of rebuilding the site of the Twin Towers that were destroyed in the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York City. The rescued men were identified as Juan Lopez, who has been a window washer for five years, and Juan Lizama, who has been on the job for 14 years, said Gerard McEneaney, a labour union official.
It appeared that one of the cables from which the platform was suspended had snapped after an unspecified mechanical failure, Mc-Eneaney told the NY1 news channel.