Window Washers Rescued from Scaffold in NYC

Updated: 06/12/2013 4:15 PM By: Maricella Miranda

Window washers stuck on NYC building.
Window washers stuck on NYC building.
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Photo: MGN Online
Photo: MGN Online

Firefighters have rescued two window washers who spent more than an hour hanging from the 44th story of the Hearst Tower in Midtown.

The Hearst Tower - which is 46 stories tall - is located at 57th Street and Eighth Avenue in Midtown, according to WABC-TV/DT in New York.

The two workers were trapped near the top of the building, but they appeared to be in good condition, officials said.

Assistant Chief William Seelig told WABC-TV/DT that firefighters determined the safest way to rescue the workers was by removing the glass and bringing them in through the 44th floor window rather then put any firefighters over the side of the building.

It's not a simple job, but it is the safest way, he said, and that's what they did.

Workers at the building told WABC-TV/DT that the window washers are named Victor and Steve. They apparently work at the building every day.

Police called a Level 1 Mobilization for traffic and crowd control. West 57th Street was closed through the area.

According to, a window washer in New York City makes an average salary of at least $36,000.