NEW YORK - A motor failure left two window washers hanging for more than an hour on a platform outside a building 45 stories above New York City on Wednesday before they were pulled in by rescue workers, the fire department said.
The workers were doing regular maintenance work when the middle motor of their platform got stuck 500 feet (120 meters) above the ground, and dangled outside the 46-story Hearst Tower in Manhattan.
About 60 firefighters from 12 companies rushed to the skyscraper, on 57th Street and 8th Avenue. Firefighters cut out a 4-foot (1.2 meters) by 4-foot piece from a glass panel on the 44th floor to rescue the workers in a 90-minute operation broadcast live by New York TV stations.
The fire department said this was a safer way rather than lowering rescue personnel from the roof of the building.