Workers safe after scaffolding dangles on tower downtown

Scaffolding lowered off US Bank Tower, streets back open
A scaffold platform is dangling from the US Bank building in downtown Cincinnati. (Photo: Twitter/@BuckeyeFitzy)
A scaffold platform is dangling from the US Bank building in downtown Cincinnati. (Photo: Twitter/@BuckeyeFitzy)
Partial view of the scaffolding platform dangling from the U.S. Bank Tower from inside the offices of Eukles Wealth Management (Photo: Casey Lysaght)
Partial view of the scaffolding platform dangling from the U.S. Bank Tower from inside the offices of Eukles Wealth Management (Photo: Casey Lysaght)
A scaffolding repair worker manages to get the scaffolding platform in a horizontal position just before 2 p.m. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Buckingham)
A scaffolding repair worker manages to get the scaffolding platform in a horizontal position just before 2 p.m. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Buckingham)
Workers on the adjacent rooftop. (Photo: Casey Lysaght)
Workers on the adjacent rooftop. (Photo: Casey Lysaght)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Two workers were able to safely make it off a scaffold platform after it dangled from the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Cincinnati Tuesday.

The workers were on the platform when one side of it fell after a scaffolding wire snapped around noon, police said.

Once fire crews arrived, the two workers were self-rescued by safely making their way to an adjacent rooftop, according to Cincinnati Fire District 1 Chief Raffel Prophett. Neither worker was injured.

According to official, a secondary harness the men were wearing "saved their life."

The workers were on the platform dismantling the stars on the logo, police said.

Police closed Fifth Street while a worker secured the loose scaffolding platform. The road has since reopened.

[Slideshow: Images of crews securing the scaffolding platform]

According to its website, the building is 27 stories high and 365 feet tall.

OSHA investigators will be here to look into the scaffolding incident.

We're continuing to update this story.

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