A Yonkers on-the-job accident left two workers literally hanging on for dear life at 4:45 p.m. on March 4, 2011. The two workers were involved in cosmetic work for a 27-story apartment building when the scaffolding they were on collapsed. The two were left dangling 13 stories above street level for 95 minutes. Thanks to the brave efforts of firefighters, the workers were eventually lowered to the ground safe and sound. Mike Giroux, a veteran firefighter with the most rope rescue experience on the team, humbly refused to take credit for the rescue, pointing instead to the team effort by police, EMS, and the Fire Department. When asked about the incident later, Giroux described the rescue as "pretty fun."
In order to rescue the workers, Giroux had to rappel from the roof of the building, stop a few feet above each worker, and attach each to his harness. The rescue took two trips and was slow, but the panicked workers were eventually brought down. The workers were transferred to Westchester Medical Center with complaints of hypothermia and numbness.
Thankfully, the work-related injuries were minimal and both workers were reported to be in stable condition. The New York workers' compensation attorneys at Markhoff & Mittman, P.C. salute the bravery of our city's police, EMS, firefighters, and all New York workers who are on the job every day high above street level. We sincerely hope it is a long time before there is a need for another daring scaffolding accident rescue of this kind.