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Workers stranded on the side of a Vancouver high rise rescued safely

Assistant Chief Martin Paulson of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services says the trio became stuck while doing maintenance on an office building.

An assortment of cables, turnbuckles and other items in the Rigging Safety classroom at the Safety Pass program. Officials say a trio of workers became stuck while doing maintenance on an office building after problems with their motorized scaffold left them stranded.

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An assortment of cables, turnbuckles and other items in the Rigging Safety classroom at the Safety Pass program. Officials say a trio of workers became stuck while doing maintenance on an office building after problems with their motorized scaffold left them stranded.

VANCOUVER — Three workers are safe after they were stranded more than 100 metres above the streets of downtown Vancouver early Wednesday morning.

Assistant chief Martin Paulson of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services says the trio became stuck while doing maintenance on an office building.

Problems with their motorized scaffold left them stranded outside the 29th floor of the Toronto Dominion building.

Paulson says efforts by the fire department's nine-member technical rescue team were complicated by darkness, rain and buffeting winds.

The three workers were winched to safety after about an hour and no one was hurt.

"It's always a factor with the rain and the wind, but that's what these crews train for and it went very well," Paulson said.

 

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