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2 men rescued from bucket lift in Illinois

Published: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 8:34 a.m. CST
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(Todd Mizener)
Construction workers Brian Wilson and Sean Hillhouse, of Georgia-based Sutton Christian Supply, are rescued from their bucket-lift by Rock Island Arsenal firefighters in downtown Moline, Ill., Thursday July 31, 2014. The men were getting ready to caulk a section of First Lutheran Church's new tower when the hydraulics reportedly failed, tipping the basket over. (AP Photo/The Dispatch, Todd Mizener) QUAD CITY TIMES OUT
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(Todd Mizener)
Construction workers Brian Wilson and Sean Hillhouse, of Georgia-based Sutton Christian Supply, arerescued from their bucket-lift by Rock Island Arsenal firefighters in downtown Moline, Ill., Thursday July 31, 2014. The men were getting ready to caulk a section of First Lutheran Church's new tower when the hydraulics reportedly failed, tipping the basket over. (AP Photo/The Dispatch, Todd Mizener) QUAD CITY TIMES OUT
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(Todd Mizener)
Construction workers Brian Wilson and Sean Hillhouse, of Georgia-based Sutton Christian Supply, wait to be rescued from their bucket-lift by Rock Island Arsenal firefighters in downtown Moline, Ill., Thursday July 31, 2014. The men were getting ready to caulk a section of First Lutheran Church's new tower when the hydraulics reportedly failed, tipping the basket over. (AP Photo/The Dispatch, Todd Mizener) QUAD CITY TIMES OUT

MOLINE – Harnesses and other safety equipment are being credited with saving the lives of two men who found themselves stranded in a bucket lift 120 feet in the air in northwestern Illinois.

Moline Fire Department spokesman Jim Versluis tells The (Moline) Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1od2RSM ) that without the training and safety gear the two men would have fallen to the ground during the project Thursday at a Lutheran church.

Officials say the workers were preparing to caulk the church tower when the machine's hydraulics failed, and the bucket began falling and tilting.

Firefighters later rescued the men. They declined medical attention.

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