Man killed in workplace accident at Walkerville

A worker has died in a serious accident at a Metricon building site in Walkerville, reportedly involving an electrical box.

A 39-year-old man has died after a serious workplace accident at a Metricon building site in Walkerville.

Police, paramedics and fire crews attended the North East Rd site just after 9.30am, after reports a man was unresponsive inside an electrical pit.

Four MFS crews – including two specialist rescue crews – arrived on the scene to find the man “trapped inside of a confined space”, Commander Declan Dwyer said.

MFS “addressed all hazards” when they first arrived on the scene including any live electrical wires to clear a path for further assistance.

“It being a technical rescue takes a lot of different resources and different skill sets,” said Mr Dwyer. “Our guys acted really professionally.”

SafeWork SA has been notified of the incident and inspectors have attended the site.

“We will not release further information at this time,” a spokeswoman said.

John Adley from the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union of Australia said workers had a “fundamental right to return home from work safe”.

“An investigation is under way right now,” he said.

“What tragedies like this do tell us is that working with electricity is extremely dangerous.

“It’s important that safe systems at work are applied and adhered to to avoid tragedies such as this.

“Injured workers have a right to be protected and looked after in the event they are injured.

“People in control of building sites have a responsibility to ensure that workplaces are safe and don’t do employers harm.”

Richard Bryant, Metricon SA’s general manager, said the company was working with authorities to determine the cause of the accident.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased man- this is just devastating for them and everyone on site at the time,” he said.

“We are working closely with SafeWork SA to understand exactly how this tragic incident occurred.”

Source: The Advertiser

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