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Hearst Tower Scaffolding Collapses, Stranding Workers (FishbowlNY)
Scaffolding that was being used by two window washers on the Hearst Tower collapsed Wednesday, leaving them stranded. The scaffolding began to fall around 2:40 p.m. 57th St. at 8th Avenue closed to car and pedestrian traffic. TVSpy New York City stations broke into afternoon programming Wednesday with dramatic pictures of two window washers stranded on a scaffolding near the top of the Hearst Tower. TVNewser CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King was at her other day job, O: The Oprah Magazine in Hearst Tower Wednesday afternoon when two men got trapped outside the 45th floor after a window washing scaffold collapsed. NBC New York The two workers — identified by law enforcement sources as Victor Carabello, 26, of the Bronx, and Stephen Schmidt, 49, of Brooklyn — underwent a medical evaluation once they were brought inside. Moses Nelson, one of the attending FDNY paramedics, said the workers were fine and in good spirits. “They were all smiles, thankfully,” said Nelson. “No major injuries, no complaints.” Read more

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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.