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by -Joc News Service

A construction worker has survived a six-metre fall down a concrete shaft at a highrise construction site in Burnaby, B.C. on Tuesday.

A construction worker has survived a six-metre fall down a concrete shaft at a highrise construction site in Burnaby, B.C. on Tuesday.

The 60-year-old sheet metal worker was installing grates on a ventilation shaft at the 26-storey Luma condominium tower at Sperling Avenue and Kingsway.

He fell down the shaft, which is designed to allow air to flow into the underground parkade.

The man was conscious and breathing when he was discovered at the bottom of the shaft.

Firefighters were able to rescue the man through an access door.

He was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The incident happened at about 3:20 p.m. on Oct. 26.

Initial reports state that the man was not tied off when he slipped and fell. The safety code requires that workers must be tethered to an anchor when working on a ventilation shaft.

The RCMP and WorkSafeBC are investigating.

A similar incident happened at the same construction site on Aug. 24, when a worker slipped and fell headfirst down a ventilation shaft. In this incident, the man was damp-proofing a ground-level area, when he fell 25 feet and bounced off the shrouding inside the shaft.

He also landed in the underground parkade level and suffered non life-threatening injuries.

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