Construction workers were renovating the brickwork of the Sundance West apartments in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, when scaffolding collapsed, leaving one worker hanging five floors up on the six-story building.
“… That safety harness keep[s] the worker from falling to the ground below” is how one local TV reporter described the event. Wrong! The building’s cornice kept the worker from falling. Video shows him holding on to the cornice for at least 33 seconds, kicking his legs a bit and then, showing strength and poise, shifting his grip hand to hand, bit by bit, around the corner and along the cornice over to safety, pulling himself onto the scaffolding that remained intact on that side of the building.
Good thing he was not on the building across the street (below, left) when the Grim Reaper came to call. Score one for classical architecture.
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