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Firefighters rescue Paramus window washers from scaffold

Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving
Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Firefighters this morning rescued two Paramus window washers trapped when their scaffolding tipped, smashed into a window and locked in place more than 60 feet up.

A safety mechanism locked the scaffolding after it began to tip just after 11 a.m., sending some debris to the ground at the Mack-Cali Centre III off East Ridgewood Avenue. The workers then waited for help, which arrived quickly.

“When it reaches a 5-degree tilt, the scaffold automatically shuts down to keep anyone from falling off,” Paramus Deputy Police Chief Robert Guidetti told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “When this one shut down, it crashed into the window of the Smith-Barney suite.”

Using a tower ladder from Oradell, firefighters brought the workers — one, 45, from Parsippany and the other, 36, from Union City — safely to the roof.

No one was injured, Guidetti said.

“It was a bit cold up there,” he said. “Other than that, everyone was OK.”

ALL PHOTOS: Boyd A. Loving

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