An injured worker has been rescued from scaffolding two storeys high on a commercial site in Auckland this morning.

Firefighters had to use a ladder truck and stokes basket to lower the worker from the upper storey of the Ellerslie building to a waiting ambulance after being left with spinal injuries.

Northern Fire Service shift manager Jaron Phillips said he did not know how the worker was injured.

He said the incident happened around 8.15am at Ascot Mews in Robert Street.

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It took more than an hour to execute the dangerous aerial rescue.

The patient was taken to hospital for treatment.