A man and woman who had been working on the facade at 230 West 78th Street dangled precariously to the building when one side of the scaffolding they were standing on gave way, according to news reports on the scene.
It’s not clear what made the scaffolding give way around 4:30 p.m., but the two workers were suddenly in a dangerous spot.
“A man was stuck on a window ledge while a woman was stuck on the collapsed scaffolding,” ABC reported. “The high-angle rescue involved firefighters repelling down from the roof and attaching themselves to the victims. Other firefighters could be seen in the floors above and the floors below where the rigging let loose.”