Scaffolding Workers Narrowly Escape Death After Platform Breaks Loose
Two construction workers in Denver, Colorado, have miraculously avoided death after the scaffolding that they were standing on broke loose and began to swing around in the wind.
Worse still, the platform was 24 storeys up when this happened. The whole incident was captured on camera by people in other buildings who noticed the horrifying scene unfolding.
The building - Denver's Four Seasons Hotel and Residences - stands at 45 storeys high and offers rooms that start at around $369 (£280) per night.
Not only were the workers on the scaffolding in fear for their lives, people were walking around on the street underneath the building as well.
Luckily for everyone, the wind eventually blew the platform into the windows of the hotel that it was attached to, smashing through and allowing the two terrified workers to get through to safety.
One of those who captured the whole incident from the nearby Brooks Tower, Tony Tromba, said that the scaffolding "hit the window and cracked it a few times before it smashed through it."
He told TV channel CBS4: "It was getting a gust and getting blown away from the building, and it was kind of spinning out and getting blown back. The wind was kind of holding it up and then it would just slam in."
Amazingly, the two workers, who were up there to clear up some scaffolding supplies after a job, were relatively unharmed. Denver Fire Department said that they were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries.
The firefighters were called to the building at about 11.20am on Wednesday, and immediately closed off the streets that could have been affected.
That meant that the area around the city's Arapahoe Street was completely shut down for several hours until about 2.30pm.
An investigation has since been launched to ascertain what caused the incident to happen.
The hotel has also since issued a statement to the Daily Mail about the events. It also confirmed that no-one inside the hotel was hurt.
The statement said: "On Wednesday, scaffolding became unsecured on the side of our building. We appreciate the immediate response of the Denver Police and Fire department, as the areas were immediately secured.
"The individuals involved suffered minor injuries and were immediately treated. No hotel guests, residents or employees were injured. At Four Seasons Hotel Denver, the safety and well-being of our guests, residents and employees is our top priority."
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