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1 Week After Opening One World Trade Center Window Washers Need Rescued

In its second week of business, One World Trade Center nearly experienced its first tragedy. A cable malfunctioned on a basket being used by a crew of window washers, leaving them dangling precariously about halfway up. With a total height of 1,776 feet, washing windows could be a very dangerous job at One World Trade Center (also known as Freedom Tower). Rescue crews arrived, saving the crew on board the perilous basket. Nobody was seriously injured in this accident, which is nearly a miracle.

1 Week After Opening One World Trade Center Window Washers Need Rescued

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Photo of the dangling window washer scaffold, 69 stories above the streets of NYC. (Image from Wikipedia)

Concerned on-lookers gathered around the World Trade Center with their mouths agape. People watched as the helpless window crew dangled at a dangerous angle hundreds of feet in the air. Worries went out that somebody might fall from the basket right in front of their eyes. To prevent any further incident, rescue crews hurried to the scene to save the 2 workers who were stuck on board. Thanks to safety equipment and precautions, the crew managed to not fall to their deaths.

Dangling 69 stories above the busy streets of New York City might grant you a great view of the city, but the fear of death might take all of the fun out the opportunity. While having your breath taken away from a striking city view of NYC, these workers lost their breath for other reasons. These crews thankfully prepare for situations like this on a regular basis, as the job comes with its inherent dangers.

With nearly all of New York’s attention focused on the rescue of the window washers, the rescue team managed to save the day. Like super heroes stepping out on the tallest building in America, they brought home the workers and saved the day.

1 Week After Opening One World Trade Center Window Washers Need Rescued.

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Lives in Phoenix, AZ. Graduated from Arizona State University in 2005. Writes for American Live Wire, GM Roadster and Northstar Media