Specialist firefighters are working to rescue the worker from the crane tower platform. (ABC News: Damian McIver)
Emergency crews are working to rescue a crane driver with suspected head and neck injuries after he fell about 2 metres inside a tower crane on a construction site in Melbourne’s CBD.
Paramedics were called to the Lonsdale Street site about 8:30am after the worker fell while he was climbing up a ladder inside the crane tower to the driver’s cabin of the crane.
Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) Victorian secretary John Setka said first aid officers at the site stabilised the 39-year-old man before paramedics arrived.
“From what we know at the moment … he slipped and he’s landed on one of the platforms inside the tower section and apparently he’s injured his head pretty badly,” Mr Setka said.
“He can’t move and now they’re sort of working out how to retrieve him, how to get him out of there.”
The street has been closed to traffic between King and William Street while the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Ambulance Victoria work to retrieve the man from the 20-metre-high platform.