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Two window cleaners were left hanging on for their lives when the scaffolding they were standing on broke, leaving them dangling 20 floors above ground.

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) was called to the scene. Even though they worked as fast as they could, the two men were still left hanging on for 40 minutes.

Glass cutting equipment had to be used in order to open a window on the office building's 20th floor. This allowed the FDNY to hand the two men rope and tie it around them.

They were then carefully lifted from the scaffolding and into the window.

CBS New York reports that the two men refused medical treatment as they deemed themselves unharmed.

The scaffolding was eventually removed.

Lieutenant John Tobin from the FDNY told CBS New York that it was a team effort as the different FDNY teams worked together.

The scaffolding was not immediately moved as the FDNY deemed it safe for the moment, but it was eventually moved only hours later to have it inspected and repaired.

In July one person was killed and three people were injured when scaffolding gave way beneath workers working on a building in Manhattan. Two years ago, more people were killed in the same area due to scaffolding falling down because of rough winds.

In New York, regulation states that buildings are to be maintained throughout the year to ensure items like bricks won't fall on the people walking in the street below.

Watch the CBS New York video below for more.

Image credit: ABC 7 NY

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