The hazards of living and working in NYC are many. Add to cranes and bits of building falling on your head, stepping into an open manhole and crossing the street, the risk of getting caught outside a high rise Manhattan building on a crumbling or stuck window washing platform.
With depressing regularity, see the videos, this is a regular call out for New York’s FDNY who must be about as used to rescuing dangling window washers as they are putting out fires.
Unhappily, in a city with so many really, really tall high-rises, most of them clad in glass, the only thing you seem to be able to bet on is that scaffolding used by window washers appears bound to fail at some time. Though strangely, they always seem to stall somewhere around the 60th floor mark. Can anyone explain that?
Do window washers look at the stats and have palpitations whenever they are dangling up there between the 60th-70th floors? It does seem extraordinary that no one has as yet designed an absolutely fail safe window washing platform. this cannot be the most difficult engineering probelm of all time.
Anyhway it has just happened again. And this time the window washers were caught at the 65th floor level and the FDNY had to break a window to get to them. But they were rescued and are quite safe.