2 workers rescued after scaffolding breaks 53 floors up Wells Fargo tower


A frightening situation in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon, as a portion of scaffolding broke on the 53rd floor outside the Wells Fargo tower, leaving two window workers dangling in the air until they could be rescued.

The men were doing maintenance work on the windows on the 6th Street side of the Wells Fargo Center, between Nicollet Mall and Marquette Avenue, when part of the platform they were standing on malfunctioned and tilted to one side, MPR News reports.

Battalion Chief Timothy Baynard told MPR the workers were able to lower the rig a few stories, and firefighters brought them in through a window on the 50th floor without incident.

Bystanders watched the rescue from the safety of the ground, the Star Tribune reports.

Neither of the menrequired medical attention, according to KARE 11.

Firefighters cleared the scene around 2:30 p.m.

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