Workmen stranded on cherry picker.
The two contractors had been examining brickwork four storeys up on flats in Riverside Drive, Solihull, when the machine developed a hydraulic leak, causing the system to shut down.
Fire crews were called to the flats at about 12.30pm on Wednesday nearly 45 minutes after the cherry picker broke down.
Firefighters used a hydraulic platform from Bournbrook station to rescue the two men.
Crew commander Ian Wishart, from Solihull fire station, said: "I think they were a bit embarrassed about it but I don't know why they waited so long to call us because it was a windy day and it wasn't too warm.
"They were up there for about an hour and a half in the end."
Neither of the men required hospital treatment.