NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two workers trapped for more than an hour on a collapsed scaffold high above the streets of Midtown Manhattan were rescued on Wednesday afternoon.
As CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, it all started around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, when workers Victor Caraballo, 26, of the Bronx; and Stephen Schmidt, 49, of Brooklyn, became stuck after their specialized scaffolding buckled into a B shape.
The workers were trapped near the 45th floor of the 46-story Hearst Tower at 57th Street and Eighth Avenue while performing routine maintenance.
Firefighters wasted no time. They initially thought about making the rescue from the roof, but opted for plan B.
“Go into 44th floor and use specialized tools to cut the glass,” said fire chief James Leonard. “It’s the safest way to get there. If we lower people, then we have to bring them back up.”