Emergency services were called to a construction site in Oxford Street, just off James Street in Woollahra, at 9.15 am, following reports that a brick wall had collapsed. All four men were able to free themselves from the rubble, but two of the workers, one in his 20s and the other in his 50s, suffered serious head and neck injuries. All four were taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst.
“This was a complicated job, our paramedics not only had to deal with multiple patients at different locations, but also had to deal with a structural collapse,” said NSW Ambulance’s duty officer, Inspector Garren Constable.
“Paramedics worked with other emergency services to secure the site before treating the men.
“Whilst we aim to get to our patients as quickly as we can, we do need to ensure the safety of our paramedics and their operational environment.”
A SafeWork NSW spokeswoman said inspectors remained onsite at Woollahra, and SafeWork engineering staff are assisting with investigations and site safety.
A stop work notice has been served on the site.
A constable said NSW Ambulance had been responding to an increased number of workplace incidents in recent times. “We need everyone to be more vigilant when at work and to look out for their colleagues,” he said.
Source: 7 News