Workers Rescued From Dangling Scaffolding in Midtown

Friday, Jun 20, 2014  |  Updated 9:54 AM EDT
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Authorities rescued men trapped on scaffolding that apparently became unhinged on one side as they were working in midtown Friday morning, fire officials say. NBC 4 New York obtained cell phone video of the dangling scaffolding.

Authorities rescued men trapped on scaffolding that apparently became unhinged on one side as they were working in midtown Friday morning, fire officials say. NBC 4 New York obtained cell phone video of the dangling scaffolding.

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Authorities rescued two men trapped on scaffolding that apparently became unhinged on one side as they were working at a midtown high-rise Friday morning, fire officials say. 

The men were being hoisted up on the scaffolding when it broke between the 12th and 13th floors of a 20-story building on East 57th Street near Lexington Avenue, officials said. They were pulled to safety through windows shortly after the 8:30 a.m. accident. Authorities say they were a little shaken up but otherwise OK.

NBC 4 New York obtained video of the scaffolding dangling perilously from more than half a dozen stories up as passersby gawked from the ground. It wasn't clear what caused it to break.

Fire officials say construction is being done on the top of the building. 

Commuters were advised to expect delays in the area.

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