Crane driver injured after fall at Melbourne construction site


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A crane driver has been injured after he fell at a construction site in Melbourne’s CBD.

The incident happened on Saturday morning.

According to ABC News, the driver was climbing up a ladder inside the crane to the driver’s cabin when he fell about two metres at the Lonsdale Street site.

Commander Phil Rogan from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said it took about two hours for emergency crews to rescue the man.

“Our high-angle rescue technicians used a second crane to get up there and do an assessment and work out a strategy to get him down,” Commander Rogan said.

“The safest and quickest method was to utilise what they call a ‘first aid basket’ attached to the crane, where we could package this guy up safely into a spinal board and a stretcher and we slid him onto this second cage and then lowered him down safely.”

The driver was transported to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with suspected spinal and leg injuries.

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