A wind warning in Edmonton on Friday, October 25 promised winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour. The full force of the storm created a dangerous situation for two window washers in Edmonton who were on scaffolding outside of an office building when winds started to toss the structure around like a toy. One man was thrown from the structure and can be seen holding on to the scaffolding, dangling a few stories above street level. The shocking Edmonton window washer fall was captured on video.
Outside the Stantec Tower in downtown Edmonton, strong winds were blowing the scaffolding around and crews from Edmonton Fire and Rescue were called onto the scene to assist. Luckily, no one was harmed in the incident.
It’s hard to believe that everyone was unharmed if you watch the video. You can see two figures inside the long, swing-stage scaffolding platform. The platform swings back and forth across the street a few times, knocking into the office building. After one forceful hit against the tower, you can see a person tumble out of the scaffolding and hold on, dangling above the street.
Severe wind warnings were issued in both Alberta and B.C. on Friday, October 25. The dramatic accident and subsequent rescue were all caught on video and posted to social media.
The video looks like something out of a natural disaster movie. You can see someone holding on after being thrown from the scaffolding.
According to the Edmonton Journal, rescue crews arrived on the scene around 1 p.m. on Friday, October 25 where they rescued two workers. Scott Macdonald with fire rescue said that he believed the scaffolding to be six or seven stories high at the time of the incident and rescue.
Edmonton Fire and Rescue service downplayed the incident in a tweet, calling it “an eventful afternoon.”