Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Window cleaners' basket dangles precariously from skyscraper

A lift at the top of the Devon Tower in Oklahoma city was hit by high winds while two people were on board on Wednesday WATCH: Window Washers Trapped Mid-Air as Rigging Swings Wildly Out Of Control
Steven Clarke | 17 May, 2019, 17:06

The Devon Energy Center building is about 850 feet tall and 50 stories high, according to its website.

"The three-sided tower evolved in part from Devon's desire to not "turn its back" on any part of the city".

Crews responded to the Devon Tower shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The "very risky situation" unfolded around 7:45 a.m. local time.

"Please avoid the area".

Within minutes, OCP shared a clip of the scene, which shows the basket violently swaying alongside the building. (Supplied) The vessel they were in broke several windows of the building as it smashed into the side.

Tech Giants, Governments Discuss Online Extremism at 'Christchurch Call'
Ahead of a summit on online extremism, Ardern was responding to a question asking whether countries can learn from New Zealand. But within 24 hours, users had attempted to re-upload the video onto Facebook more than 1.5 million times .

According to a report from local outlet KKTV and another update by the fire department, as of 8 am, the window washing basket was secured and firefighters had rescued the workers. "Injuries unknown at this point".

Two people, believed to be window washers, were on the lift when it became loose and started swinging.

Macy said paramedics evaluated both men, who refused treatment.

The names of the two workers have not yet been revealed.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Fire battalion chief Benny Fulkerson described the rescue effort as "tedious" but successful. "It wasn't luck. They knew what they were doing and they implemented their plan perfectly", Walker said at the news conference. This was a result of years of training.

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