Wednesday, November 12, 2014
So, You Want To Be A Window Washer
From the NY Daily News:
For 90 nervewracking minutes, two veteran window washers shared a Lower Manhattan view both breathtaking and terrifying.
A scaffold malfunction trapped the pair Wednesday outside the 68th floor of 1 World Trade Center, with the dangling duo stuck amid the skyline until FDNY rescuers plucked them from midair.
“We were just reassuring them. ‘We’re here,’” said Lt. Billy Ryan, 45, of FDNY Rescue 1. “They knew they were in a bad spot, but they’re professionals, too. They knew what was going on and they were not panicked.”
Firefighters using a miniature circle saw cut through a thick, double-paned window to reach the two men caught outside an unoccupied floor of the newly opened skyscraper.
The twin windows were sliced in small sections to prevent falling glass, with the stranded workers finally able to shimmy down the tilted scaffold and through a 2-foot-by-8-foot hole.
Their great escape was made 827 feet above the street, before a live television audience and crowds of lunchtime gawkers staring skyward. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/window-washers-1-world-trade-center-trapped-article-1.2008318
Me, I'm scared of heights, so this is not the job for me.
And personally, I'd rather have dirty windows.
But these window washing guys do do a service for these high rises. They're nuts, of course.
And thank goodness to the cops and firefighters who saved them.