WNY resident rescued from dangling scaffold at One World Trade Center


A West New York resident was one of two workers rescued from a dangling scaffold on the 68th floor of the One World Trade Center, Hudson County View has confirmed. 

Photo Courtesy of New York Daily News
Photo Courtesy of New York Daily News

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Juan Lizama, 41, of West New York, and Juan Lopez, 43 of Bronx, NY, were cleaning the windows of the building around 12:45 p.m. yesterday when one of the scaffold motors failed, as CBS New York first reported.

The FDNY reportedly cut a hole through a window before rescuing the workers around 2:15 p.m., where they were then transported to the Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan. They were treated and released from the facility shortly thereafter.

CBS, along with various other media outlets, showed video footage of rescue workers inside a second scaffold near the top of the building ready to rescue Lizama and Lopez, but the FDNY was able to bring the workers to safety first.

Lizama, who has 14 years of experience on the job, has the full support of Mayor Felix Roque and his administration, as town spokesman Pablo Fonseca told Hudson County View.

“The Mayor and the administration have reached out to the [Lizama] family to see if there are any means that can be addressed by the administration, as well as any means that can be addressed in Mayor Roque’s capacity as a doctor,” Fonseca said over the phone.

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