Window washers' wild ride as platform swings out of control


When firefighters got to the top of the skyscraper, "the lift was swinging and struck parts of the building, breaking glass", the newspaper reported.

Emergency crews rescued two window washers Wednesday who were trapped in a material lift basket that was spinning out of control and slamming into the side of Oklahoma City's tallest building. (Supplied) The vessel they were in broke several windows of the building as it smashed into the side.

The basket was high in the air, swinging, when firefighters rushed to the scene at Devon Tower around 8 a.m. local time.

They were pulled to safety around 8.30am.

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Firefighters secured the scaffold with ropes as it dangled from a crane between 6 and 9 metres above the roof. Both were examined by paramedics and refused medical treatment.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department said on Twitter that the two were stranded outside the 50-floor Devon Tower.

The tower houses corporate offices for Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp.