Video: Workers trapped in 50-floor Oklahoma tower's loose basket
Terrifying visuals emerge of 'out of control' basket on Oklahoma's Devon Tower; window-washers rescued by firefighters
Two men were rescued by America’s Oklahoma City Fire Department (OKCFD) after a window-washing basket – which had two people inside it – went “out of control” on 15 May, 2019 atop the 50-floor Devon Tower in Oklahoma City, and videos of the incident that are currently trending on social media highlight the dangers of poor health and safety standards, and the dangers of working at heights.
In a tweet, OKFCD said the basket was “swinging wildly out of control at the top of the tower”, adding that firefighters were seeking access to the area.
Video footage published by OKFC on Twitter shows the basket swinging at a near-360° angle from the top of Devon Tower.
If you have a fear of heights, you may want to look away now...— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 16, 2019
These two men were stranded in a dangling basket at the top of the Devon Tower in Oklahoma City.
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Separate footage shared by Sky News shows visuals from the top of the tower, with the swinging basket more clearly visible.
The basket is shown to have collided with the boom of a crane.
Koco 5 News videos showed how forcefully the basket hit the building, shattering parts of Devon Tower’s glass façade.
According to Koco 5 News, 911 operators were called to the site and both men in the basket were promptly rescued.
UPDATE | Technical Rescue - Devon Tower | Here is video of the out of control basket as firefighters attempt to control the device. DM pic.twitter.com/IzT65CaHnA— Oklahoma City Fire (@OKCFD) May 15, 2019