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Window Washers Pulled To Safety After Platform Collapses

Window Washers Pulled To Safety After Platform Collapses

Two window-washers were pulled to safety Friday after the platform they were working on at a New Orleans high-rise gave way, leaving them dangling on safety harnesses for about 20 minutes hundreds of feet above the street.

Rescuers were called to the 53-story Capitol One building on St. Charles Avenue in the business district after the platform gave way shortly after 8:30 a.m.

The men had been working near the 40th-floor level. Rescuers smashed windows and pulled them into the building.

One of the workers, 58-year-old Jorge Gomez, says there was no warning before one of the cables supporting the platform from the rooftop gave way.

Fire officials say the workers were "visibly shaken" but refused treatment from medical personnel.

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