A section of Crown Street was closed on Saturday after a man fell from the top floor of a three-storey building, onto a shop awning.
A cherrypicker-style Bronto skylift fire truck arrived at the Apsley House block of apartments about 1pm, after an onlooker called triple-0 and claimed a man had fallen 12 metres from the roof and was in cardiac arrest.
However, the man’s injuries were not as serious as indicated, and were more consistent with a lighter fall, Illawarra district NSW Ambulance inspector Terry Morrow said.
Paramedics believe the man was sitting on a balcony ledge when he lost his balance and plunged about five metres backwards.
He was assessed on site by a helicopter doctor from Albion Park, before receiving precautionary treatment for a spinal injury by NSW Ambulance’s intensive care team.
The patient was then lifted down to street level with the truck operated by Fire and Rescue NSW and into a waiting ambulance.
He was taken to Wollongong Hospital in a stable condition.