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Hearst Tower Scaffolding Collapses, Stranding Window Washers [Update]

Scaffolding that was being used by two window washers maintenance workers on the Hearst Tower has collapsed, leaving them stranded. CBS New York reports that the men are currently trapped near the building’s 45th floor. Hearst Tower is 46 stories tall.

The scaffolding began to fall around 2:40 pm. The window washers workers are in harnesses, on either side of the structure which is buckled in the middle. 57th St. at 8th Avenue is closed to car and pedestrian traffic. WNBC, WCBS and WABC are carrying live coverage on air and online.

Hearst Tower is the corporate headquarters of the media giant and is also home to publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Elle.

Update (3:57 pm):
Ernie Mourelo, a digital exec for Hearst TV, has been tweeting photos of the rescue from inside of the building. Also, NBC New York has a live video feed of the FDNY’s efforts.

Update (4:13 pm):
FDNY has removed two windows from the 44th floor. The two men will be brought through those open spaces.

Update (4:20 pm):
And they’re safe! A big thanks to the FDNY and NYPD emergency services units.

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