Lift fall at Speights brewery

A person has fallen down a lift shaft in a Dunedin building this morning.

A St John Ambulance spokesman said emergency services had been called to the scene at Speight's Brewery where a person had fallen down the shaft.

Fire Service southern communications centre manager Mel Barbara said the man fell down the shaft around 9.10 this morning but had now been rescued.

He received care at the scene from St John Ambulance advanced paramedics. The man was rushed to Dunedin Hospital in a serious condition.

Barbara said the Fire Service was stabilising the lift shaft.

Dunedin organiser of the Service and Food Workers Union Steven Briggs said he had not heard about the incident.

He said he was unaware of any safety issues at Speight's.

"This is the first time something like this has come up. Each time I've been visiting members at the plant they've been most careful."

The man was a subcontractor for lift company Kone, a Speight's spokeswoman said.
"The lift was being removed. It had been decommissioned. It was in the older part of the brewery," she said.

The spokeswoman said all safety inductions had been carried out with the man.

The company and Worksafe NZ were now beginning an investigation into the incident which could take several weeks, she said.