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Dangling Window-Washing Rig Secured On San Francisco High-Rise

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Fire crews secured a window washing rig that was dangling from a downtown San Francisco high-rise on Friday. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A street reopened in San Francisco’s Financial District Friday morning after being closed beneath a window-washing scaffold that was hanging unsafely from a high-rise. That rig has since been secured, a fire official said.

The rig was reported hanging unsafely at 7:02 a.m. from the 41st floor of a building at 301 Clay St., according to the fire official.

As a precaution, police closed Battery Street between Sacramento and Clay streets and also shut down the 28th through 30th floors of the building, the fire official said.

“That thing weighs almost 2,000 pounds so I talked to the guy who was actually the engineer who’s in charge of it and you know asked him how, is this thing in danger of falling and by the look on his face I would just tell we better get up there,” explained SFFD Battalion Chief Marty Ross.
“I wouldn’t want this to happen to my building,” said a man who rushed to the scene.  He manages several nearby office buildings. “We’ve got guys over the side right now.  So, fortunately our rig is a brand new rig, we just purchased it and this is the first window cleaning after the purchase and installation but when I heard the news the first thing I did was look out the window to see if it was our guys.  And wonder why my phone didn’t ring.”
The street reopened at 9:38 a.m., the fire official said.

San Francisco Municipal Railway buses on the 1-California and 41-Union routes were temporarily rerouted around the scene, Muni officials said.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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