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Window cleaners avoid injury after falling several floors

  • Two men avoid serious injuries after falling several floors down a building 
  • The window cleaners were stuck dangling for hours on Bourke Street, Melbourne
  • The platform landed lop-sided after smashing a window of Commonwealth bank
  • Firefighters rescued the men Friday afternoon and they were sent to hospital  

Two window cleaners have escaped injury after their platform malfunctioned and plummeted several floors in a hair-raising ride down a high-rise building in Melbourne.

The window-cleaning gantry free-fell a number of floors before coming to a dangling halt above busy Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday afternoon, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade says.

The platform landed lop-sided after smashing into a window of the Commonwealth Bank Building.

 

Two window cleaners (one pictured) have escaped injury after their platform malfunctioned and plummeted several floors

The hair-raising fall happened down a high-rise building in Melbourne Friday afternoon

The hair-raising fall happened down a high-rise building in Melbourne Friday afternoon

The window-cleaning gantry free-fell a number of floors before coming to a dangling halt (pictured)

The window-cleaning gantry free-fell a number of floors before coming to a dangling halt (pictured)

The platform landed lop-sided after smashing into a window of the Commonwealth Bank Building

The platform landed lop-sided after smashing into a window of the Commonwealth Bank Building

Firefighters performed a delicate high-angle rescue to reach the men and both were brought to the ground about 4pm, some two hours after the fall.

‘One was taken away in a stretcher but he did manage to walk down from the ladder,’ a Melbourne Fire Brigade spokesperson told Herald Sun.

It was reported the accident left one of the men with minor injuries.

Initially, an ambulance spokeswoman said the pair had no obvious injuries and were taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for observation.    

Firefighters performed a delicate high-angle rescue (pictured) to reach the men and both were brought to the ground about 4pm

Firefighters performed a delicate high-angle rescue (pictured) to reach the men and both were brought to the ground about 4pm

'One was taken away in a stretcher but he did manage to walk down from the ladder,' a Melbourne Fire Brigade spokesperson said

‘One was taken away in a stretcher but he did manage to walk down from the ladder,’ a Melbourne Fire Brigade spokesperson said

It was reported the terrifying accident left one of the men with minor injuries 

It was reported the terrifying accident left one of the men with minor injuries 

The men were taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for observation by paramedics

The men were taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for observation by paramedics

 

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