“There aren’t any balconies (on the office tower), so it would have to be somebody who has the ability to gain access to the top of the building, probably security,” he said of their rescuers. “They were hooked to harnesses with ropes” and were able to be pulled up to the roof.
“They did the one part of the job they’re supposed to — they secured themselves,” Parks said. “I don’t know how the scaffolding fell or came loose.”
The area will remain closed for several hours while police investigate, Parks said.
The Ministry of Labour will be called in, he added.
Journalist Steve Paikin, who works at TVO located in the building, tweeted a photo of the fallen swing stage.
“Astonishing stroke of luck that no one was crushed by this swing stage,” he said.
Two window washers are counting their lucky stars after the swing stage they were on crashed 25 storeys to the ground in midtown Toronto on Thursday.
Toronto Police said the call came in around 12:30 p.m. about two men who were finishing their window washing duties near the 25th floor of 2180 Yonge St., near Eglinton Ave., when their swing station came loose and fell to the ground.
“There was two individuals who were left dangling from the side of the building,” said Const. Edward Parks. “Those two individuals were assisted by several people who were able to get them to the top of the building.”
Parks said there were no reported injuries for the two men and luckily, no one was walking by on the ground level when the metal structure crashed.