The Atlantic City Fire Department dispatched its high-angle rescue team this morning to rescue a window cleaner trapped outside the Tropicana Casino & Resort, a fire official said.
Shortly after 9:30 a.m., firefighters were called to the casino, where they found the worker stranded approximately six stories off the ground, said Battalion Chief Michael Mooney.
The window cleaner, an employee of Ultrabrite Powerwashing, was operating off a boom lift with another employee. The lift was improperly positioned, causing it causing it to malfunction and tilt over. One worker was stranded in the basket while the other jumped to safety on a nearby rooftop.
It took the rescue team an hour to pull the trapped worker from the basket and lower him to the ground, Mooney said.
The worker declined medical treatment, he said.
In order to secure and remove the lift, the fire department had to close Iowa Avenue, where the casino is located. Mooney could not provide an estimated time for when the street would reopen.
"It's a slow process because we operate in an extremely safe manner," he said.