A man is in critical condition after falling from a roof and through a skylight to the concrete in Western Sydney Tuesday afternoon.
CareFlight’s rapid response rescue helicopter was called to the scene, about 29km west of Sydney, shortly before 5pm.
The man was reportedly pressure cleaning the roof of a shed when he slipped and fell to the ground injuring his head.
CareFlight’s medical crew treated the 33-year-old man at the scene and placed him in an induced coma.
He was later transported by road to Westmead Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Approximately 6900 workers were hospitalised following a fall from height in the three-year period from July 2006 to June 2009. This is 9% of all workers who were hospitalised, according to the Work-related Injuries and Fatalities Involving a Fall from Height, Australia, October 2013 report.
The report shows 7730 claims for serious injury were lodged due to a fall from a height in 2010-11. This means that 21 employees each day lodged a claim for a falls-related injury that required one or more weeks off work. Males accounted for three-quarters of the falls-related claims.