Irishman in critical condition after workplace accident in Australia

The man fell about 20 metres (65 feet) from scaffolding at a construction site

Irishman in critical condition after workplace accident in Australia

Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia

An Irishman has sustained critical injuries following a fall at a construction site in Australia.

The man fell several stories from scaffolding at a site in Surfers Paradise near Brisbane.

Witnesses reportedly saw him fall about 20 metres (65 feet) before landing on concrete.

He has been transported by ambulance to Gold Coast University Hospital.

The incident occurred just after 7am on Monday.

The man, believed to be in his 30s - is reported to have suffered multiple fractures to both legs and multiple fractures to the ribs.

The construction company in charge of the site – Alder Constructions – said the man was hired through a sub-contractor.

“Our priority is the people involved and our thoughts are with his family and workers onsite,” reads the statement.

The company said counselling supports have been made available to the man’s co-workers.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said it is aware of the case and is ready to provide assistance.

The Department has not received an official request for assistance as yet.