Two Window Washers Rescued from Dangling Scaffolding

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Thu, 04 Aug 2011 18:32:14 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)-- Two window washers were rescued from a high-rise in the city's Mission Bay neighborhood Thursday morning, after the scaffolding they were working on gave way, a fire department spokeswoman said.

San Francisco fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said firefighter crews found two workers hanging by their harnesses from a scaffolding after being called to a 17-story residential building at 310 Berry Street at 8:35 a.m. Talmadge said it appeared that the ropes on one side of the scaffolding had given way.

Talmadge said rescuers were able to pull one worker to the roof. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with serious injuries. The second worker did not suffer serious injuries. Firefighters were able to pull him inside around 9 a.m. Talmadge said the harnesses prevented the workers from falling.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has been called in to investigate the cause of the scaffolding collapse.

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