A worker was trapped in a 15 metre pit on a Sydney south construction site after construction material that was being lifted by an excavator fell on him.
The incident occurred around midday at a building site on Gerrale Street, Cronulla and the man was lifted from the pit and transported to hospital after 2pm following what was described as a “difficult vertical extrication process” planned and executed by police and emergency services personnel.
Following extrication, the man was treated by 6 paramedics on the scene and one doctor before was airlifted to hospital.
SafeWork NSW believe the man suffered leg injuries after 20 sheets of steel reinforcement mesh weighing 1.6 tonnes being moved by an excavator, was dropped.
An excavator was used to lift the mesh off the injured worker.
The investigation by SafeWork NSW is ongoing.