DENVER (CBS4) – Two construction workers had quite a scare on Wednesday outside the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Denver in windy conditions. The scaffolding they were on, 24 floors above the ground, broke from the frame.

Copter4 flew over the scaffolding accident (credit: CBS)

The crew of two was on the scaffolding on the side of the hotel when it broke at approximately 11:45 a.m. The scaffolding went swinging into a window, smashing it.

(credit: CBS)

The two workers were able to get off the scaffolding safely and escape through the broken window into the Four Seasons. They were taken to the hospital to get checked out but weren’t badly hurt.

Denver Fire officials said windy conditions contributed to the accident.

The hotel is located at 1133 14th Street. Arapahoe Street between 14th and 15th Street was closed to traffic for several hours during the investigation and cleanup.

A witness to the scaffolding accident, Tony Tromba, who was inside the Brooks Tower looking at the Four Seasons, took the below video of the scaffolding swinging before it smashed into the building.

So far it’s not clear what caused the scaffolding to break and what kind of work the construction workers were doing.

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated that the workers were window washers, which was later determined not to be the case.

A reddit user in Denver noticed the emergency situation and shared a photo (it is incorrectly labeled as happening at The Spire, a different downtown Denver building):

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