A man was seriously injured after falling about 5-6 metres while at work at a freight company in Petone, in the Hutt Valley.
Police confirmed a 39-year-old man had fallen from about 5 or 6 metres on to concrete, about 11.40am.
It is understood he had been standing on a pallet crate being raised by a forklift, to work on a sign above the company's truck roller doors.
The man sustained serious injuries to his head and back and was being taken to Hutt Hospital.
At 3pm, he was still being assessed in the emergency department, but was in a stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The incident happened at Super Freight, on Waione St in Petone. Senior Sergeant Steve Braybrook said it appeared a forklift was being used as a makeshift platform.
''It was maintenance on a sign. He was balanced doing the maintenance on the sign, when we understand a gust of wind has caused him to fall.
''It appears possibly it was a forklift with some pallets on top of it. The forklift was involved to reach the height they were working.
''There was blood at the scene from the man's head injuries, although ambulance staff were also concerned about injuries to the man's back, Mr Braybrook said.
The man was able to communicate following the fall, and was conscious, he said.
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment said the agency had been notified of the incident "and an investigation is under way". MBIE Investigators arrived at Super Freight just after 1pm.
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