Scaffolding collapse kills 18yo man, leaves another man critically injured.

Apr 03 2019

 A man who died after scaffolding collapsed at a building site in Sydney's north-west was an apprentice who turned 18 years old just last week.

 
Emergency crews were called to the site at Macquarie Park about 12.30pm after scaffolding and concrete collapsed, trapping two workers.
 
One worker, 39, was released from the rubble and taken to Royal North Shore Hospital under a police escort.
 
Christopher Cassaniti — a formwork apprentice — died at the scene.
 
His devastated parents attended the site shortly after the accident.
 
Eight ambulances, plus police and fire and rescue crews, and the Care Flight helicopter were at the scene.
 
NSW Ambulance Acting Inspector Steven Vaughan said emergency workers arrived at "an absolutely chaotic and emotionally charged scene … given the nature of the debris, the location of where it occurred and just the emotional state of all those who wanted to help their colleagues."
 
"It took some time to ascertain what had happened," he said.
 
"They were able to treat and stabilise one of those patients who has since been transported to Royal North Shore in a critical condition."
 
Rescuers struggled to free the teenager among the twisted pile of piping.
 
The work was slow and delicate due to the risk of a further collapse.
 
"We're working slowly and methodically and taking the advice of experts on scene that are trained in urban search and rescue to make sure that our paramedics and the other emergency services are safe," Acting Inspector Vaughan said.
 
NSW Police said a crime scene had been established and the incident would be investigated by police from Ryde Police Area Command and SafeWork NSW officials.
 
A report will also be prepared for the coroner.
 
The young man who died had been working on the site for at least 18 months and just turned 18.
 
The teen's mother operated a coffee canteen around the site and was at the scene within five minutes.
 
The scaffolding collapsed from at least 15 metres high and other workers were lucky to have escaped injury and death.
 
Two bricklayers who were up on the top of the scaffold about to start work jumped off onto the balcony as it started to move which saved their lives.
 
SafeWork said its inspectors were investigating the incident, but at this stage, the cause of the collapse was unknown.
 
The accident occurred at the site of the apartment development known as "nbh at Lachlan's Line" a $220 million residential development by Greenland Australia and mostly built by construction company Ganellen.
 
Greenland offered its sympathies over the death.
 
"This is clearly a tragic incident and Greenland would like to take this opportunity to extend its deepest condolences and sympathies to the individual's family, friends and co-workers," a statement said.
 
"Greenland has also been advised that another injured worker is currently receiving treatment in hospital but that all other workers on site have been safely accounted for.
 
Ganellen said in a statement it would continue to assist emergency authorities onsite.
 
The development is to feature a supermarket, medical centre and retail stores.
 
A progress summary on Greenland's website, dated March, 2019, said the public was finally getting its first look at the building "with scaffolding coming down and facade works nearing completion".
 
It said the building was due for completion this year, with between 300 and 350 workers on site each day.
 
Source: ABC News

Last changed: Apr 03 2019 at 6:41 AM

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