Piece of Equipment Collapsed
A 21-year-old Australian man died at a worksite at Kingston on July 21, when a piece of equipment that is used to pour concrete collapsed, according to Australian officials.
The truck involved in the accident was serviced just three weeks ago and engineers will examine the equipment. It is the fourth workplace death in the ACT since last December, and three of those have happened on construction sites.
Investigations to Take Several Months, Wake Up Call for Industry
ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe says investigations into the latest death will take several months.
“It is alarming for there to be so many injuries,” McCabe said. “It is a real wake-up call for the industry I think, that this is dangerous work that they’re doing and safety cannot be compromised. If anything good can come out of tragedy it is that it’s bringing the industry together to talk about how this situation can be avoided in the future.”
The ACT Government is moving to order an investigation into safety and culture on ACT worksites.
Attorney General Finds Work Place Death Unacceptable
Attorney-General Simon Corbell stated any death at work is unacceptable and he requests answers.
“We are now giving serious consideration to a broad-ranging investigation to try to understand what are the issues with workplace safety and culture in the civil and construction sector that may be contributing towards the death toll we are now seeing,” Corbell commented.
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