THERE are calls for Sydney Tower's Skywalk attraction to be shut down for good after a second person took their life from the attraction in four months.

Emergency services rushed to the Harbour City's tallest building at about 7pm last night, after reports that a man had fallen off the popular tourist attraction - plummeting 286 metres to his death.

Sydney Tower Eye tweeted shortly after the incident to say the attraction will be closed until further notice. However, there is a growing sentiment from members of the public on social media suggesting the attraction should be locked down for good unless a radical safety overhaul is undertaken.

"I'm deeply saddened by this news and would suggest that it is time to close the attraction for good," wrote one person on Twitter in response to the news.

Police attended at about 7pm last night.
Police attended at about 7pm last night.

"Please close it down, for your employees' mental health," wrote another.

"Think of the employees that have to go through this horror. It should be closed down.

"No-one should have to see that or be in that situation and there is no way of approving everyone's mental state prior to climbing."

However, the calls for closure were not supported by everyone, with some suggesting stronger safety measures to stop people ripping their harnesses off would suffice.

"If someone intentionally drowns themselves do you think we would close a pool?" responded on commenter to calls for the attraction's closure.

A NSW Police spokeswoman confirmed that ambulance services were called around 7pm after reports a person "had jumped" from the building formerly known as Centrepoint Tower.

"The body of a man was found a short time later, not in public view," the spokeswoman said.

"A crime scene has been established which will be examined by forensic specialists.

"Inquiries suggest the incident is self harm related. A report will be prepared for the coroner."

Picture: Supplied
Picture: Supplied

The tragedy comes just four months after a woman died after she removed her harness during the Skywalk tour at the top of the building, which sits above the Westfield shopping centre in Sydney's CBD.

The woman, a 22-year-old from Sydney's south, unclipped her safety harness and jumped from the Skywalk attraction on Sydney Tower, which is the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere.

It was revealed shortly after that guests on the Skywalk are able to free themselves from the harnesses they must wear to perform the walk - but must sign a form declaring they will not before the walk begins.

"This belt can be loosened by the wearer," the company said it a statement after the death earlier this year. "However all guests are provided with training and sign a Declaration Form prior to embarking on Skywalk that they cannot tamper with or remove the equipment while taking part in the experience."

Sydney Tower Eye Divisional Director Rob Smith said at the time that the attraction and Skywalk operate "to the highest quality standards conforming to all regulatory requirements, building codes and best practice in the industry".

"As part of these procedures we undertake a rigid safety program including daily safety checks before opening, in depth training for all staff, preventive control measures and comprehensive maintenance schedules; all of which are developed and monitored by independent, third party experts," he said. "Safety will always be our number one priority."

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