Workers hang from harness after crane collapses atop of Sydney tower

THREE construction workers have been left dangling over the side of a high-rise tower after a crane collapsed atop of the building on Sydney’s lower north shore this morning.

The three men were left dangling precariously by their harnesses after the crane they were in malfunctioned and collapsed atop of the Meriton tower on Author Street around 11.30am.

The crane came crashing down against a concrete wall, leaving the three men – aged 24, 28 and 36 – suspended in mid-air, roughly 60 metres off the ground.


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Police said the 24-year-old man managed to release himself and climb to the roof of the building, while a second crane was used to retrieve the two other workers who were left hanging from their harness.

The men were all taken to Royal North Shore Hospital with various injuries. Police said it was a miracle none of the workers sustained life-threatening injuries.

Officers from Harbourside Local Area Command attended the scene and engineers will attend and assess the site this afternoon.

SafeWork NSW is investigating.