TWO MEN are in a serious but stable condition in Lismore Base Hospital tonight after the collapse of an elevated platform they were working from outside Officeworks on Molesworth St, Lismore.

It is understood the two men were hanging a large Officeworks sign roughly six metres off the ground, when the incident occurred about 6pm.

The elevated platform, or 'cherry picker', had been parked over a steel grate which could not cope with the weight of the vehicle.

One of the platform's wheels fell through the grate, causing the crane to fall backwards on to Molesworth St.

Richmond Local Area Command supervisor Sergeant Brad Walpole said one of the victims had sustained head injuries and had undergone a CAT scan.

The man was to be held overnight but expected make a full recovery by morning, while the second victim received facial injuries and was expected to be released during the evening.

Telecommunications wiring housed beneath the grate was severely damaged in the accident.

The two men were both 42-years-old and from Currumbin and Kingscliff.

WorkCover NSW has commenced an investigation into the matter.



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