Injured worker is removed from the site of the collapse
Photo: Channel Nine
Work Safety Authorities are currently investigating the cause of a building collapse that left one worker injured and claimed the life of another on a building site in Melbourne’s south-east recently.
WorkCover and the Victorian Building Authority investigators are currently trying to piece together the events leading up to the collapse in South Caulfield.
A 20 year old carpenter was unfortunately killed when he was covered by debris as part of a building he was working on collapsed.
According to police, the 2 men fell 10 metres when the top and mezzanine floors of the shopfront collapsed on Thursday morning, causing them to become trapped under the rubble.
This excerpt from a post on TheAge.com.au explains what happened:
Witnesses report hearing a loud crash as the floors gave way, narrowly missing two electricians working on the ground floor.
The pair tried desperately to free their workmates with the help of passers-by but were unable to save the 20-year-old.
A 48-year-old subcontractor pulled from the rubble was taken to The Alfred hospital in a serious but stable condition with fractured legs and a fractured arm as well as heavy cuts and bruising.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said paramedics were called to the site about 10am.
Emergency crews and Workcover investigators spent the day at the scene but will not speculate on the cause of the collapse until investigations are complete.
Renovation of the narrow shopfront between a pizzeria and a beauty salon began in late April.
The article goes on to describe how passers-by even joined co-workers to try and free the men from the debris. The younger worker was trapped under a lot of debris and unfortunately died on the scene. The post goes on to explain:
Nick Love, 21, said he and emergency workers worked for about 10 minutes to pull wood off the men. ”Once we got to the [younger] guy, he was under a lot of stuff and I just stepped back and let the paramedics do their thing.”
An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said the surviving man suffered fractures to both his arms and possibly one of his legs but remained conscious throughout the ordeal. This is the 11th workplace fatality in Victoria this year and WorkSafe is on the scene investigating.
Workers can do little to prepare themselves for an unexpected incident such as a building collapse but it helps to be trained on construction site safety overall.
In addition to being the law, completing the White Card Course will teach workers the basic safety issues needed to operate safely on a construction site so that they do not place their own safety or that of their co-workers in jeopardy.