|Two window washers stuck 13 floors above ground were able to avoid disaster on Saturday at a Bethesda construction site.|
Workers Safe After Scary Scaffolding Accident At Bethesda High Rise: Two workers stuck 13 floors above ground were able to avoid disaster on Saturday at a Bethesda construction site. At about 4 p.m. Saturday, a piece of scaffolding malfunctioned as the workers were on the Woodmont Avenue side of the 7770 Norfolk apartment project. The 17-story, 244-unit apartment building is under construction. MCFRS spokesperson said the two were window washers who were able to cut into the building and get off the piece of scaffolding. Neither sustained any injuries.
Previous recent scares in Bethesda;
February 11, 2015 - An apparent scaffolding collapse at a Bethesda office building briefly left three workers suspended about 125 feet above the ground on Wednesday morning. MCFRS units were called to the building at 6903 Rockledge Drive just after 10 a.m. By 10:10 a.m., first responders reported the workers had been able to level the piece of scaffolding and self-rescue. MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer said the workers were dangling at about the level of the 13th floor. Emergency scanner reports said the workers were hanging by ropes. First responders were later able to confirm the workers are safe.
4 June 2014: Two window washers were rescued after a window washer scaffolding partially collapsed: A rescue operation was underway in Bethesda Wednesday around 11:00 a.m. after a window washer scaffolding partially collapsed, approximately 75 feet from the ground.The "high angle" rescue happened at the NIH Building 10 on Rockville Pike. Two window washers were secured and removed via NIH Tower Ladder, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said. There were no life-threatening injuries reported.