NYC Window Washers Rescued From Collapsed Scaffolding

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.

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Carson lived in New York City for several years during his reign at Total Request Live and couldn’t believe in this day and age, there isn’t a safer or robotically-operated way to wash highrise windows.

“They have to use the pulley system?” he wondered aloud.  “It’s like out of Little Rascals or something!”

“I just kept thinking, who are these guys? And they are so much more of a man than I am!” he added. “I was getting anxious just watching it. Like, knees buckling and they were waving at the camera. They seemed just unflapped by this whole thing!”

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