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Crews rescue two workers trapped on scaffolding at SW Portland building

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Courtesy: Portland Fire & Rescue Courtesy: Portland Fire & Rescue
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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland Fire and Rescue crews conducted a rope rescue at a high-rise building in southwest Portland Saturday morning.

“I was actually in my hotel room, saw the firetrucks coming, and wasn’t sure what was going on,” said witness Tyson Jardine.

PF&R responded to Southwest Columbia and Naito Parkway just after 9:10 a.m. on the report that workers were trapped on the side of a 263-foot tall building.

“I’m most definitely glad it’s not me up there and whoever it is up there, I hope they come down safe,” said witness Fredrick Wallberg.

When crews arrived, they found two workers trapped on a scaffolding that was hanging about 15 stories up in the air.

Tom Keljo, owner of Security Signs, rushed to the scene when he heard it was his employees up there.

“We installed two new signs and we’re removing two old signs and the swing stage is broken down, that’s the platform that our guys are working off of, or were working off of,” said Keljo.

According to PF&R, the scaffolding motor malfunctioned and the workers were unable to move up or down.

PF&R's Technical Rescue Team used ropes and pulley's to lower firefighters down to the trapped men. The workers were then placed in harnesses and pulled back up onto the roof.

“I mean early Saturday morning, not a lot going on here and see something like that happens,” said Wallberg. “Not something you see every day.” 

Firefighters said a rescue like this happens once or twice a year.

The workers were not injured, and the rescue took about 45 minutes.

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