Wellington window cleaner survives five-storey fall

An abseiling window cleaner was seriously injured today after a falling at least five stories in central Wellington.

The man fell from a building on The Terrace about midday and was taken to Wellington Hospital in a serious but stable condition, Wellington Free Ambulance team manager Kate Worthington said.

The man, in his 20s or 30s, had been harnessed onto the back of a 10-12 story building.

"At some point during his way down the building, around the sixth floor from the ground level, the harness has failed and he has subsequently fallen approximately five to six stories from there."

He hit a parked car, which slowed him down before he hit the concrete, Mrs Worthington said.

He had lower leg and lower back injuries, which appeared to be from where he struck the car, Mrs Worthington said.

The man remained fully conscious and was talking after the fall.

He was "quite upset, as was his colleague who was with him at the time", she said.

The car sustained minor damage to its bonnet.


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