A workman has been rushed to hospital after falling down a lift shaft at Dee Why.

Just before 10.30am this morning (Wednesday, 10 July), NSW Ambulance and NSW Police were called to a workplace accident at a unit block at Hawkesbury Avenue, Dee Why. A 53-year-old man working on a lift fell from a ladder around 2m into a lift shaft.

Man falls down lift shaft at Dee Why

After calling for help, colleagues of the man rushed to his assistance, and pulled him up from the bottom of the lift well. Three NSW Ambulance crews arrived shortly after 10.30am, including Intensive Care Paramedics and NSW Ambulance Inspector Lachlan Orr.

Paramedics assessed the man’s injuries, which were extensive. He hit his head in the fall, sustaining facial injuries, but remained conscious during the ordeal. He also suffered a broken left ankle and pelvic injuries.

Man falls down lift shaft at Dee Why

Paramedics gave the main pain relief for his injuries and put him onto a stretcher, wheeling him from the basement of the building to a waiting NSW Ambulance Intensive Care vehicle. He was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious but stable condition just before 11.15am.

Officers attached to Northern Beaches Police Area Command conducted inquiries at the scene and as the man was conducting lift maintenance at the time he was injured, it is expected a report will be made to SafeWork NSW.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate

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