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Two men have been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, one with spinal injuries, after falling 3.8 metres at a Preston carpet manufacturing business.

WorkSafe inspectors and investigators are at the company in Cope St, Preston when the incident happened around.

The two men were dismantling a piece of equipment when a piece shifted causing them to fall on to a concrete floor.

The seriously injured man has a fractured collar bone and spinal injuries. The incident follows two falls fatalities at the weekend.

A plasterer aged in his 60s died at the Alfred Hospital after a fall at a Northcote house.

On Sunday, a man who was also in his 60s died at Quambatook in the state’s north after falling from a ladder.

WorkSafe’s acting Executive Director, Eric Windholz, said an ensuring safe work practice was a matter of life and death.

“With two fatalities in the past four days and another serious incident – now is the time to make sure anyone working at height has appropriate protection.”

“Without it, the chance of death or permanent injury is high. There have been fatalities from falling off stepladders in shops, but the risks increase greatly as the height does.”

“Before it happens you can never tell whether you’ll get up and walk away, end up in a wheelchair or die.

“What you can do is ensure appropriate steps are taken to reduce the risk of a fall as far as practicable.”

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