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Portland Fire rescues 2 workers left hanging on side of skyscraper

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Workers at Umpqua Bank Plaza were left hanging Saturday morning.

On scaffolding.

On the side of the 19-story downtown Portland building at 1 SW Columbia Street.

The motor on the scaffolding had malfunctioned, leaving the two workers unable to get the rig to move.

Portland Fire & Rescue crews arrived on the scene shortly after 9 a.m., set up a rope-and-pulley system on the roof, and lowered firefighters to the scaffold, the Fire & Rescue said. The rescuers secured the workers into harnesses, and they were then pulled up to the roof.

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

— Douglas Perry

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