Crews rescue 2 construction workers after scaffold malfunction in Miami

MIAMI (WSVN) - Rescue crews have brought two construction workers to safety after a scaffold malfunctioned in Miami.

City of Miami Fire Rescue crews and members from their Technical Rescue Team responded to the scene near U.S. 1 and Southwest 27th Avenue just before 8:30 a.m., Wednesday.

Officials said the workers were left hanging from their safety harnesses nearly 35 feet above ground.

7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where a firefighter could be seen bringing one victim down from the tilted scaffold towards the rescue ladder truck.

Cameras on the ground captured the other worker dangling from the side of the building as a ladder was moved to bring him down safely.

“We had our technical rescue team go up to the roof, dropped down the line to secure the person, that way we can make an effective and safe transfer to the ladder, where he was safely brought down as well,” said Miami Fire Marshal Chief Adrian Plasencia.

The operation took about 45 minutes, authorities said.

“At this time, we don’t know what occurred on why the scaffolding potentially malfunctioned,” said Plasencia. “We’re unaware of any injuries at this time.”

The lift was lowered down just after 1 p.m.

7News asked the construction company what may have caused the scaffolding to malfunction, but they declined to comment.

The incident remains under investigation.

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