Window Washers Trapped Mid-Air as Rigging Swings Wildly Out Of Control


The workers were being lowered by a crane from the top of the Devon Tower when it started "swinging wildly out of control", according to the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

Two window washers working on an Oklahoma City high-rise were saved in a dramatic rescue on Wednesday after their basket-like platform was whipped back and forth by heavy winds above a crowd of horrified onlookers below.

Paramedics evaluated the men, who both refused treatment.

Fire battalion chief Benny Fulkerson described the rescue effort as "tedious" but successful. Video from the scene shows that the scaffold swung into the windows at one point as it swung out of control.

David Macy said the two workers were pulled to safety around 8:30 a.m. after rescuers secured the basket with ropes.

Police closed the area to traffic.

The tower houses corporate offices for Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp.

The pair were rescued by around 8:30 a.m. and are safe, fire officials said. He said the cause of the accident is under investigation.

The company will also investigate the incident.