Townsville Accident Claims Workers Life

Another fatal workplace accident has taken place, this time in Townsville, highlighting once again the risks associated with construction work.

A man has been killed in Bohle. It is believed he was hit by a falling pipe being unloaded from a truck.

Emergency services were called to the scene but pronounced the man, in his sixties, dead at the scene.

The incident will be investigated by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

As we all return to work and commence with building projects, let’s make sure we’ve got our safety plans in place and all workers are properly trained in safety to avoid tragedies like this one.


Victorian Construction Accident- Worker Electrocuted

Tragedy has struck in Melbourne’s outer west where a young worker was killed while working in the roof of a house.

The 19 year old was electrocuted while apparently installing an air-conditioner on the roof of a 2 storey Plumpton home.

This fatality brings the state’s workplace death toll to 3 since the start of the year.

This incident highlights the importance of safety when work from heights is being undertaken. Despite falls from heights being the main cause of injury and death on worksites, it is still a part of workplace health and safety that is often overlooked, across all industries.

Another area of concern is the training and supervision of new and young workers.


Steel Rod Pierced Worker’s Skull on Construction Site


A construction worker from Central India has managed to survive a horrific workplace incident after being impaled in the skull and undergoing emergency surgery.

The 21 year tradie fell into a well at a worksite and an iron rod passed through his skull from the right temporal region of his brain to the left frontal region.

The man was rushed to hospital and underwent a 90 minute surgery.

The man is lucky to be alive but this incident is an example of the consequences of a lack of fall protection.


Worker’s Crushing Injuries Result in $90,000 Fine for Earthmoving Company

An earthmoving firm has been given a $90,000 fine after a worker was crushed under the body of a dump truck in June 2016.

The 26 year old victim was working beneath the body of a dump truck when the incident, described as avoidable, took place.

The Sydney-based civil construction and plant hire services company was sentenced for failing to maintain a safe working environment.

The dump body was carrying 30 tonnes of soil at the time when it was lowered onto the experienced repairer.

The dump truck body was not properly locked and it lowered, crushing the man.

The worker was not provided with adequate safety training for repair and maintenance work and therefore was not able to identify safety measures such as ensuring the dump body was locked in the maximum holding position by lever and dump body locks, WorkSafe said

This incident serves as a reminder to companies about the importance of ensuring workers are properly trained and that they have documented Safe Work Procedures in place to protect workers.

In the construction industry, every worker must be in possession of a White Card, proving they have completed the mandatory federal requirement for general construction site safety training.


Brick Wall Collapses on Construction Worker


Another construction accident has taken place, this time on a construction site south of Brisbane.

The construction worker involved is recovering in hospital after he was crushed when a brick wall fell.

The construction worker, aged in his fifties fell about 2 metres from scaffolding when the brick wall collapsed.

He suffered serious head injuries and was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Workplace Health and Safety are investigating the incident that happened at the Capalaba construction site.


Worker Killed in Construction Trench Incident

A man has been killed in a trench accident on a building site in Melbourne recently.

According to reports, emergency services were called to the site in the town of Wallan where they discovered the injured man. Despite attention from paramedics the man died at the scene.

It is believed he fell into the trench at the housing estate site when the trench collapsed around 2:50pm.

Rescuers attempted to rescue the man out of the trench but police confirmed the man died around 4pm.

The trench was 2 metres wide and 8-10 metres deep.

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Worker Freed after Collapsing in Perth Airport Tunnel Construction Site

A construction worker has been freed by emergency crews after an incident inside Perth’s Forrestfield Airport rail link tunnel.

The man was severely injured when a high pressure air pipe exploded and smashed him in the face.

The 35 year old man suffered serious facial injuries during the incident which happened 50 metres underground.

The incident led to a delicate operation which involved a rescue crew lifting him out of the tunnel by crane with a rescue cage. He was then taken to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment.

Work on the tunnel was shut down as WorkSafe investigate. The Perth Transport Authority are also investigating.

Prior to the incident, the CFMEU says concerns about safety were raised relating to the brackets connected to the high pressure pipes however these concerns fell on deaf ears.

The airport rail link is expected to be completed by 2020.

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Worker Injured on Site in Queensland


A workplace incident has taken place on a construction site in South East Queensland involving a crane, once again highlighting the risks present on construction sites – one of the most high risk industries according to workplace health and safety data.

A worker was injured in the incident and had to be taken to hospital in a serious condition.

The man, in his fifties was seriously injured in the crane incident, suffering leg and pelvic injuries during the accident.

Emergency crews were called to the site in North Lakes and the man was taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital in a serious condition.

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Horrific Accident involving Gold Coast Construction Worker


An incident on the Gold Coast is an example of the risks involved with construction work, especially when working in confined spaces such as an elevator shaft.

A construction worker was seriously injured while working on the Jewel Towers construction site, Surfers Paradise recently.

The man, believed to be in his twenties was working in an elevator shaft when a lift began to move and pulled him into equipment.

The man sustained serious injuries to his chest, back and abdomen and was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital where he remains in  a stable condition.

The site was shut down as workplace health and safety officers investigated. WorkSafe said the construction industry is a dangerous one, and we need to be aware of our surroundings particularly given the dynamic nature of the industry. As the construction site changes constantly we need to remain aware at all times.

RAH Inquest Begins into Construction Worker’s Death

An inquest into the death of a construction worker in November 2014 has heard that pressure to complete the new Royal Adelaide Hospital on time and within the budget may have contributed to the compromised safety and corner cutting that resulted in the accident that claimed the life of Jorge Castillo-Riffo.

The 54 year old man was crushed whiled working on a scissor lift at the Royal Adelaide Hospital site.

The coroner was told that safety standards on the site were seriously lacking,

“Jorge Castillo-Riffo died because he went to work,”

“How is it that in this day and age, with all we know about risk analysis and safety requirements in the workplace, that we still have people like Mr Castillo-Riffo who never get to go home from work?” assisting counsel Kathryn Waite said.


She went on to state that the man expressed his concern over the scissor lift. He had said he was “very nervous” about using it in a confined space but it was common to make decisions to keep work going on the site, Ms Waite went on to explain,

“Decisions to keep the work moving were not uncommon … workers would be forced to move out of the way of cranes,” she said.


She said it was no surprise the victim had expressed displeasure at his workspace,

“The full extent of the entrapment and crushing risk involved in this work were not recognised at the time of the incident,” she said.

“If they had been recognised then one would have hoped that alternatives would have been considered and implemented.

“You might think it would have been reckless to proceed in circumstances where an entrapment risk had been identified.”


She also explained to the inquest that the worker was trusted and experience, and that his death had occurred during high risk work.

Ms Waite said there was little gap between the overhead rail of the lift and a work platform, which gave very little room for error.  A bigger lift could not have been used in the space unless gyprock was removed and workers given permission.

Waite also raised the question about whether safety was compromised because of the small amount of work that needed to be completed in the area.

At the time of his death, Mr Castillo-Riffo had been working alone. The coroner was told that had a spotter been present, his chances of surviving would have been better.  Find out more at: