ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — Atlantic City firefighters rescued two workers after their scaffolding collapsed on Monday morning. One was dangling from the side of a building by a rope while the other was stuck on a tilting platform.
It happened at a building on Atlantic and Kentucky Avenues, around 10:30 a.m.
Eyewitness video showed the worker hanging on as he was stuck outside a window.
“I’m on my way to work, I came out, he was yelling ‘help, help,’ and the fire trucks were there to save him,” said Quasim Woods, who shot the video. “That was good.”
One worker had to quickly get off the platform system and hung to a rope that was tied to his safety harness.
The other worker, who remained on the platform, was able to level it.
“All I heard was a noise,” eyewitness Mark Jackson said. “That piece right there, it bent, and two men were in it. The Caucasian man started hanging and the thing twisted. The African American man went and took the rope. They were trying to hang it and that’s when police and fire, everybody, came and they saved him.”
People were on the ground were encouraging the workers to hold on and hang in there.
“He just said, ‘I’m holding on,’ and after it was all done, he said, ‘I want to go back to work,'” Woods said. “So he was a good soldier.”
Both were eventually rescued by members of the Atlantic City Fire Department. The workers were not injured in the incident.
The company did remove that infrastructure as part of trying to figure out what went wrong.
That company would not make either man available to talk about their unsettling morning.