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Seattle Firefighters Rescue Tangled Window Washer

Seattle Firefighters Rescue Tangled Window Washer

A window washer is escorted down a Seattle Fire Department ladder truck outside McCaw Hall, Thursday, July 14, 2011 in Seattle. Seattle firefighters have rescued a window washer who slipped out of his seat and dangled about 65 feet off the ground outside

Seattle Post Intelligencer via YellowBrix

July 15, 2011

SEATTLE – A window washer was rescued by Seattle firefighters Thursday after he fell off his seat and dangled from his safety harness about 65 feet above the ground outside McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.

The man was not injured, but “he’s being checked out by a medic unit as we speak,” Kyle Moore, spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department, said at 12:17 p.m.

The accident was reported at 11:47 a.m. and the Fire Department’s technical rescue team responded to the Seattle Center’s performance venue, Moore said. The man, who appears to be in his 30s or 40s, was washing windows at the front of the building when he fell off his seat “but his safety line caught him,” said Moore, who couldn’t say how far the man fell.

Firefighters went onto the roof and dropped a rope to keep the man, who was about 15 feet below the roof line, from falling any further, Moore said. Another firefighter then climbed a ladder that was brought to the front of the building and helped the man climb down, he said.

“Everything worked properly,” Moore said.

He said all of the man’s equipment was left on the building’s roof so that investigators could examine it to determine what went wrong.


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