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Two Workers Rescued From Scaffolding Collapse

Aired January 5, 2001 - 1:53 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: We've been watching an incident here, happening in midtown Atlanta. A worker on scaffolding on a 40-story apartment building fell; that scaffolding, as you can see, broke in two this afternoon.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Yes; we're showing you this in case you're thinking you're having a bad day. We don't know how bad a day they've had, but we have a CNN associate producer -- we have them just about everywhere -- right across the street.

Kay Jones, what's going on there?

KAY JONES, CNN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Hey, Lou. Well, it looks like they got most of the workers that were on the scaffolding off right now. It took a while to get the second guy off because -- I don't know if you can see, but there's one part just a little bit longer. He was on the shorter part, and it seemed to be dangling almost straight up and down.

What the workers have been doing is window washing and some basic maintenance on the building. And they've been doing this for about a month and 1/2. But the wind's been blowing really bad over the past days, Orelon just told you, I'm sure.

But it looks like they got them both off. I think the second guy was walking around; from the point I was standing at, it looked like he walked into the building.

ALLEN: So everybody's all right?

JONES: It looks that way. I'm going to try to get closer in a few minutes and find out for sure.

But the scaffolding broke on the 25th floor of the apartment complex and it's dangling down to the 23rd floor right now, so it was a pretty bad break, and it's completely broken in half right now.

WATERS: I imagine they're clearing out business below the scaffolding down on the street?

JONES: Yes, it looks like they've evacuated all the businesses buildings that are below. This is an apartment complex, but the first eight floors in front of the apartment complex do have office buildings, and there's quite a few people standing outside. And they've completely blocked off the street in front.

It's also in front of the art center MARTA station. So if you're trying to get into the MARTA station from West Peach Tree Street, it's a bit of a problem right now.

ALLEN: Kay, thank you.

WATERS: All right; Kay Jones down in midtown Atlanta.

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