Man dies in hospital after city fall

Wednesday, 27 June, 2007

A 35-year-old window cleaner has died in hospital after falling about 12 metres from an office building.

WorkSafe believes the man from Kew, a Melbourne suburb, fell after an air vent gave way.

The incident follows another serious fall from height at the Watergardens Shopping Centre in Melbourne's north.

In that incident, a 22-year-old man fell about five metres to the ground while sealing glass panels. He remains in the Alfred Hospital.

WorkSafe's executive director, John Merritt said falls from height were among the single biggest causes of workplace deaths and serious injuries. Four of the 17 deaths reported to WorkSafe this year have been the result of falls.

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