Every time I see these guys at work here in Boston or elsewhere, I ask myself the same question: what happens if something malfunctions and they are left hanging way up in the air? I mean, the thing about skyscrapers is that you can’t just knock at the window and ask someone to open it for you — these things don’t open! And I’m sure that the though must be going through the minds of the people who do this kind of work.
Well, such an incident has just taken place in Austria, where two window cleaners were left stranded 470 feet up in the air when the platform on which they were working stalled and then tilted about 90 degrees while the pair were working on the country’s tallest skyscraper. The platform could be seen dangling precariously at an angle on the level of the 48th floor of DC Tower 1 in the capital Vienna, Austria.
There is no information about how long the workers were left up there on the side of the 820-feethigh skyscraper, before being rescued by firefighters. We do know, however, that both workers walked away from the ordeal unscathed.
A close-up photo of the workers’ platform seems to show one of them, dressed in a bright jacket, holding on to the edge of the platform. The 60-floor tower was completed late in 2013 and construction on a second skyscraper nearby, DC Tower 2, is currently underway.
I am glad that the workers got away unhurt, but it just goes to show that risks do exist in this kind of work, even with today’s technologies. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. The window cleaners were left stranded when the platform they were working on slipped nearly 90 degrees. They were working on DC Tower 1 in Vienna, Austria — the country’s tallest skyscraper.
2. A close-up view of the platform appears to show one of the workers, dressed in a bright jacket, clinging on to the raised side It is not known how long the pair were left stranded before being rescued.
3. Most of the available floor space in DC Tower 1, pictured, will be used for offices, with health care company Baxter International has been confirmed as one of the largest tenants at DC Towers.
And here is the video:
And here is a similar incident from a year ago:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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