|Two window cleaners are in a serious condition after plummeting 30 metres when the scaffolding they were working on crumbled underneath them|
Two window cleaners have fallen around twelve storeys after a cable snapped on their platform at the corner of Pitt and Bridge Street in Sydney's CBD. A witness told 9NEWS one of the men was left hanging by his safety gear after being thrown from the washing cage, while the other lay on an awning after the fall at about 11.15am.
According to witnesses, one man was 'projectiled' from the metal platform after a platform cable snapped and remained suspended in his harness above the ground yelling out 'help me' to onlookers.
'A passer by had his ute nearby so went and got it and drove it up onto the pavement – underneath the man, so they could climb up on the cab and cut him down that way,' witness Ros Lyon told The Sydney Morning Herald.
The second man was reportedly trapped under scaffolding that landed on top of him following the fall and a large crane was used to winch him from the awning before he was able to receive medical treatment. Both men were conscious when emergency services arrived and witnesses said there was a lot of blood on the scaffolding.
A police spokesperson said the two males, one in his 20s and the other in his 50s, fell from 'close to the top of the building'. A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said the man in his 20s has been transported to St Vincent's Hospital in a serious condition.
He sustained significant internal injuries, as well as damage to his back. The man in his 50s, also in a serious condition, was being treated at the scene for lower leg injuries, but has now been taken to St Vincent's Hospital for further medical attention.
|Shocked onlookers helped one of the men who was dangling by his harness by mounting their truck onto the curb to help him down|
Worksafe NSW have been notified of the men's injuries