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

The window-washers have been rescued.
Koco 5 News
The window-washers have been rescued.

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.

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.

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