Man critical after six-storey fall

Last updated 19:32 16/07/2012

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A young man has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after falling six storeys at a construction site in central Auckland.

It is believed the man was working at the top of AUT's new Design and Creative Technologies building when he fell from the 12th-floor to the sixth-floor below.

A police spokesman said officers were called to the site at an AUT building on Mayoral Dr at about 1pm.

The man, in his 20s, was taken to Auckland City Hospital.

"I would say he's very lucky to be alive," St John Ambulance north communications team leader Brett Tobeck said.

AUT student Jason Bruce was in another building at the time of the accident but heard the sirens.

"I went down and talked to the workers and they said a man fell off. I heard one of them say he was unresponsive on the ground."

The construction worker was employed by a sub-contractor of Fletcher Construction.

The Department of Labour had been notified.

Fletcher Construction  chief executive Graham Darlow said they would also carry out an investigation into the incident.

Darlow was unable to provide any further details.

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