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Two Workers Rescued from Midtown Scaffold

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Two workers in Midtown were rescued Friday morning after the scaffolding they were standing on suddenly tilted.

The city fire department says three men were trapped on the scaffolding outside 136 East 57th Street near Lexington Avenue.

Officials say one man was able to climb into the building on his own, and it was a joint effort to return the other two to safety.

"One worker climbed up the scaffold and went through a window on the 13th floor, so he was self-evacuated. The other two were trapped on the lower end of the scaffold. I believe ESU arrived first on the scene and secured the other workers. They got the second person off the scaffold, third one was a little more involved and both FDNY and ESU worked together to remove the third person," said FDNY Deputy Chief Roger Sackowich.

"We have quite a bit of training behind us and we're trying to utilize our equipment as best as we can and, like I said, we're trying not to create a larger situation than we already have," said NYPD Detective Robert Mirfield.

The workers were not injured.

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