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Scaffolding Platform Crashes Into Tribeca Tower, Two Workers Rescued

Dashed Arrow Jen Chung / Gothamist

Two glaziers working on a Tribeca condominium tower under construction were rescued this morning after a scaffolding platform crashed into the side of the building, according to an FDNY spokesperson at the scene. It's currently unclear what caused the platform to malfunction around 8:20 a.m., but the FDNY says the workers were uninjured. However, one pedestrian on the street was hurt by falling glass.

Photos show the building, an 800 feet high luxury condominium located at 111 Murray Street, with broken windows. One worker at the scene said a support cable snapped, causing the scaffolding platform to "knock around against the side of the building."

One witness, Bethenny Frankel (star of Real Housewives of New York), said, "That’s honestly so scary. People underneath. … Be careful. If you’re under this big building, there’s glass coming down."

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(Courtesy Sara Holoubek)

Another worker at the scene said that, in his opinion, it was too windy this morning to perform work of this nature. There is currently no indication that wind was a factor in the malfunction, and the cause is under investigation.

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(Jen Chung / Gothamist)

Update: The NYPD shared video of the rescue—the scaffolding rotated several times:

Reporting by Jen Chung and Christopher Robbins.

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