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Workers rescued after ropes on swing stage broke outside hotel in downtown Toronto

Workers rescued after ropes on swing stage broke outside hotel in downtown Toronto

Workers rescued after ropes on swing stage broke outside hotel in downtown Toronto

Two workers were rescued after some of the ropes holding a swing atop a hotel in downtown Toronto broke.

Toronto Fire was called around 1 pm after two people were trapped outside the building at Adelaide and Bay streets.

Images from the scene appeared to show a swinging stage hanging from the top of the St. Regis Hotel.

Toronto Fire said two workers were on the swing stage outside the hotel’s 56th floor when the winds hit them and two of the four ropes holding the stage together broke.

“The stage was loose. The winds were bothering it,” platoon leader William Bygrave told CP24 at the scene.

He said Toronto Fire’s technical rescue team went to the 57th floor and found the workers hanging from the building. They managed to secure the stage and lower the workers about six feet to a sublevel around 55th floor.

They were checked at the scene, but no serious injuries were reported, firefighters said.

“The company involved in this operation has been notified,” Bygrave said. He said they were expected to attend the scene shortly to further secure the stage or remove it.

Bygrave called it a “dangerous” situation but said the scene was secured.

. At that time workers were replacing the building’s tiles.

The Ministry of Labor has been notified.

Roads around the building were briefly closed due to the incident.


With files from CP24 reporter Beatrice Vaisman and CTV Toronto reporter Beth Macdonell